Canvas Accessibility Considerations

Organization and Consistency

  • Having a well-organized Canvas course is key to accessibility as well as usability.
  • Page layout should be simple, clean, and uncluttered.
  • Navigation should be clear and consistent from page to page.
  • Pages should have unique and descriptive titles (Module 1 Quiz 1 of 3: World History).
  • Be consistent with naming conventions. If reading material are referred to by title in the syllabus, be sure that the same name I used throughout Canvas.
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  • Use headings in appropriate, nested order. In Canvas, the page title is H1, so the first heading on a page should be H2, with H3 nested under that, etc. · URLs must be embedded as unique, descriptive links
  • Use HTML-coded bulleted or numbered lists (by clicking on the appropriate button in the Rich Text Editor), rather than typing out numbers or symbols for lists.
  • Designate header cells and header cell scope in tables. Tables should have captions and titles. All information can be added via the Tables menu in the Rich Text Editor.
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Accessible Documents (Editable text. Don’t use image PDFs)

Audio and Video (Transcripts and Captions)

  • All audio content (audio recordings added to powerpoint slides and audio tracks on video recordings) must have a complete text equivalent in the form of transcripts (audio) or captions (video). Use Panopto to upload videos to Canvas.
  • Auto-generated captions need to be edited for accuracy.
  • For live video discussions
    • One speaker at a time
    • Have all speakers self identify before speaking
    • Ask to repeat when you encounter audio issues
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Image Descriptions (alt text and visual information in general)

  • All images (except decorative images, like icons or stock photos) should have quality alt text descriptions. Decorative images can be tagged as decorative.
  • Alt text descriptions should convey the information of the image, not merely describe the image. Alt text should be an equivalent substitute for the image.
  • Alt text should consider the context in which the image appears.
  • For video content (like recorded lectures), be sure to describe images you show or reference. When using vague descriptions like “this” and “that over there” include additional descriptions of what you’re referencing
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For more information:

Canvas Instructor Guide

Online resources from UO Teaching Support & Innovation

Academic Continuity Resources and Guidance