Canvas Accessibility Checklist

Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all students.

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 GuideConsult a Librarian

Canvas Pages


Course Home Page

Audio & Video

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