UDOIT is the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool.  It is available within ICON and the Canvas Catalog.  This tool provides automated testing for much of the content within our learning management system, including information on how to fix any problems it detects.

Center for Distributed Learning - Introduction to UDOIT is a short (3 minute) introductory video from the University of Central Florida, where UDOIT was developed.

Visit the UDOIT Frequently Asked Questions page

This page contains Frequently Asked Questions regarding the use of UDOIT at the University of Iowa.  For more detailed information, please download CANVAS Accessibility for ICON Instructors (PDF, 140KB).

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact ITAccessibility@uiowa.edu for assistance.

How do I enable UDOIT for my course?

Note: As of January 2019, UDOIT is available by default for all courses in ICON.

The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) helps instructors and TAs identify accessibility issues in their ICON (Canvas) course.  An optional tool, UDOIT will scan a course, generate a report, and provide suggestions and resources on how to address common accessibility issues.
UDOIT is now available to all instructors and TAs in ICON, and is not viewable by students.
Visit the University of Iowa's ITAccessibility UDOIT page (https://itaccessibility.uiowa.edu/UDOIT) or the Canvas Community UDOIT Information page (https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-6504) for more information on UDOIT.

What do I need to know about how to create good alt text?

Alternate text descriptions help to provide context and clarity to your online images. Good ALT text should:

  • Describe the content and purpose of the image
  • Be less than 100 characters in length
  • For complex images (e.g, charts or graphs), provide a link to a longer description of the content

Note: If the image is for decoration only, do not include ALT text.

How do I correct errors discovered by UDOIT?

UDOIT provides the UFIXIT feature, which allows you to correct some accessibility errors directly within UDOIT.