About this resource
This Canvas checklist resource contains areas to check for Canvas course accessibility, links to tutorials and information to make your Canvas courses more accessible and usable to everyone. To start, let’s review some accessibility basics.
Check PDFs in Course
PDFs from Library Databases
Is a PDF article also offered in HTML format? Top 3 databases that offer PDF, HTML or other formats for articles – Consult a Librarian
- Academic Search Complete (General)
- CINAHL Complete (Nursing)
- CQ Researcher (General)
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (Audio format available)
Check Office Documents in Course
Check Images in Course
- Use text + images instead of text in images in content when possible. Add images alt text:
- Simple images – Their meaning in context
- Complex images (graphs, maps, etc.) – Meaning should be fully described in surrounding text and contain a short description in the alt text to identify it.
- Decorative – Only for visual appeal purposes
Adding Alt Text to Canvas Images Tutorial
- Images Library Guide – Consult a Librarian
- Syllabus, Home & Content Pages
Canvas Pages Tutorial
- Should be descriptive, with the URL behind the name to inform the user beforehand the link purpose – For example, use Wikipedia website (not Wikipedia: Click here or https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
Canvas Accessible Tables Tutorial
Course Home Page
Audio & Video
- Is media captioned or a transcript available?
Broken Links Check
- This tool will provide a report of any broken links in the course. To access go to course Settings > Validate Links in Content.
Canvas Link Validation Tutorial
Inclusive Teaching Practices
- Inclusive teaching basics, accessible Library resources, copyright-free media Inclusive Teaching Resources Presentation