Sunday, May 31, 2020

Migrating classroom or blended courses to an all-digital format is no small feat. While instructors are uploading and organizing files, compiling links to online resources, planning assessment strategies, and other tasks, these changes can have a significant impact on students who receive accommodations, other students with disabilities, and students who may experience barriers to access for other situational reasons. 

Here are some built-in tools to help you assess and address accessibility barriers in your online content.

ICON (Canvas)

UDOIT

UDOIT (You-Do-It) is a plug-in for Canvas. UDOIT scans your Canvas course in ICON and identifies accessibility issues. ICON is limited to native Canvas course content like Pages, Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, and Syllabus. 

UDOIT is enabled by default in the navigation menu of your Canvas course in ICON. Click or press and UDOIT link to activate the tool, and you can see UDOIT serves up a list of issues you can address. 

View Introduction to UDOIT (Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida)

Accessibility Checker

Accessibility Checker is a separate tool, located in the Rich Content Editor. Accessibility Checker lets you check the accessibility of the content you are authoring. 

View How do I use the Accessibility Checker (Canvas LMS Community)

Microsoft Office Accessibility Checkers

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel all come equipped with on-board accessibility checkers. The accessibility checkers scan the current document, presentation, or spreadsheet and displays the results in the accessibility checker pane.

View Make your content accessible to everyone with the Accessibility Checker (support.microsoft.com)

Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker

The Acrobat Accessibility Checker is available in Adobe Acrobat DC. Accessibility Checker checks your PDF document for 32 common PDF accessibility issues, and generates a report that you can print or view in Acrobat.

Using the Acrobat Accessibility Checker (Adobe.com)