Accessible Canvas courses
- Canvas accessibility tools
- Canvas rich content editor
- Accessible Canvas quizzes and assignments
There are two accessibility tools in Canvas. The Accessibility Checker helps you find and fix accessibility issues. Canvas Ally not only helps you find and fix inaccessible content, it converts your uploaded files into alternative formats to increase the accessibility of the content.
The Canvas Accessibility Checker is the primary tool for checking the accessibility of your course and course content. You can get to the Accessibility Checker by selecting its icon in the bottom right of the Canvas Rich Content Editor.
If there are accessibility issues on the page, this will be indicated by a number. Select the icon and a window will pop up in the right-hand side of the screen with information about the accessibility errors detected.
The Accessibility Checker automatically checks the accessibility of tables, images, document files, lists, headings and color contrast.
See more about the Canvas Accessibility Checker:
- How to Use the Canvas Accessibility Checker from the ASU LMS Design team
- How do I use the Accessibility Checker in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor? from Canvas Instructure.
See ASU's Online Course Accessibility Checklist to learn how to fully audit your Canvas course step-by-step.
Ally is an external tool used by Canvas to scan your course and give all the document and image files you've uploaded an accessibility score.
Clicking on the gauge will open a window on the right-hand side of the screen with information about how to fix the document or image.
In addition to accessibility scores and help, Ally automatically generates alternative accessible file formats for all files you upload to Canvas. Students can download these alternative formats, allowing them greater freedom about how they consume the content in your course. The file types created include PDF, ePub, audio, HTML, braille, and machine-translated versions.
The Rich Content Editor in Canvas is your primary tool for creating accessible content in Canvas. The toolbar makes it easy to create headings, lists, links, tables, and more. More importantly, it creates these elements with the correct underlying markup, so they're accessible to students using screen readers, voice recognition, eye-tracking software, and many other types of assistive technologies.
Always use the styles in the Rich Content Editor to add headings, images, tables, files, and more. You can rely on the Rich Content Editor to automatically create accessible content.
Learn to use the many features of the Canvas Rich Content Editor.
One of the most helpful features of the Canvas Rich Content Editor is the Equation Editor. Use this editor to help you create accessible math equations and scientific notation in both content and quizzes.
In the Rich Content Editor, select Insert > Equation:
The Equation Editor will open, allowing you to input expressions, symbols, operations, and other mathematical items.
See more on the Canvas Equation Editor:
- Canvas Equation Editor Tips: Basic View
- Canvas Equation Editor Tips: Advanced View
- Canvas Equation Editor Tips: Chemistry
- Canvas Formula Quiz Question Helper Functions
- Math Editor in the Rich Content Editor
Making online quizzes and assignments accessible is crucial for student success. See the article on Canvas Quizzes and Assignments for tips for making them more accessible.