There are a variety of resources available to assist with the creation of accessible course materials. These features support both the creation and review of course content. Two comprehensive resources are linked below.
- In less than an hour, the LinkedIn Learning Course Teaching Techniques: Making Accessible Learning provides an introduction on this topic.
- In less than 30 minutes you can finish the LinkedIn Learning course on Creating Accessible Documents in Microsoft Office.
- Canvas General Accessibility Design Guidelines
- How do I use the Accessibility Checker in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
- How do I embed images with alt text from Canvas into the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
Ally is a tool that helps instructors enhance the usability and accessibility of the content in their courses. Ally provides accessibility feedback for faculty within their course workflow in Canvas. It also generates alternative formats of course files and content.
Any video and audio content shared with your students must have captions to adhere to Section 508 accessibility standards. Below is a list of the many captioning options available to you.
One way to make your course content accessible to all students is by including ALT text (alternative text) to your images. ALT text is essential for students who use screen readers and for those with low bandwidth, ALT text provides them with instant access to the content description.
- How to Add ALT Text to Images in Canvas Pages (video)
- The Basics of Writing ALT Text
- W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Images Tutorial
Resources are available for faculty on how to more effectively teach higher education students and improve student learning outcomes.