Accessible Course Design

About This Site

Making your Canvas course site and course materials accessible can benefit everyone.

The goal of this site is to provide basic background information and insight into the steps you can take to ensure your Canvas course site and course materials are accessible to everyone.  Please feel free to explore the resources provided on each page for more in-depth coverage of the content.

Introduction

While the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted prior to the internet boom, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been developed to ensure content delivered digitally is accessible. The WCAG focuses on Four Principles of Accessibility, which lay the foundation for anyone to access and use digital content. “Anyone who wants to use the Web must have content that is:

  1. Perceivable – This means that users must be able to perceive the information being presented (it can’t be invisible to all of their senses)
  2. Operable – This means that users must be able to operate and navigate the interface (the interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform)
  3. Understandable – This means that users must be able to understand the information as well as the operation of the user interface (the content or operation cannot be beyond their understanding)
  4. Robust – This means that users must be able to access the content as technologies advance (as technologies and user agents [assistive technologies] evolve, the content should remain accessible)

If any of these are not true, users with disabilities will not be able to use the Web.”

Navigating this Topic

So, what can you do to make your Canvas site and course materials accessible?

This topic area contains seven (7) sections. Each section will address some of the easy steps you can take to ensure your course and course materials are accessible. Please navigate through each section to learn more about each of the improvements you can make.