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Canvas Accessibility Tips for Faculty

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Provide alternative text for non-text elements
(images, animation, map regions, audio files, etc.)
Canvas will prompt you to add a description and tags when you upload a video. Be sure to populate these fields.

Use link descriptions
When posting a link using the text editor, type the description, highlight the text, then look for and click on the "chain link" icon in the text editor toolbar. When the window opens, paste the URL, and click "Insert Link".

Use color with care
Red and green are the most common deficiency colors in color blindness, but color combinations are important, as well. See effective color contrast for tips. Your page layouts should be as clean and simple as possible. Best option: use system default settings.

File names
Screen readers, software used by visually impaired web visitors, read aloud links to websites and files. A PDF with the name reading.pdf will not be very helpful for a visually impaired user. Use descriptive words to differentiate between your files.

Video titles
When recording video within Canvas, be sure to give it an accurate descriptive title. Use a similar naming convention as you use for files. Instead of ‘lecture1’ try ‘IntroGreekHistory’.

Include video transcription if possible
This isn’t always practical, but if you are uploading video for which there is a text transcript, be sure to include the text file with your video.

Use PowerPoint 2010 Accessibility Checker
When creating a PowerPoint presentation, try the automated checker that allows you to check your presentation for accessibility. When in PPT, select File> Info> Check for Issues> Check Accessibility.

Provide clear instructions for all assignments
Even though you may describe the assignment in detail during class time, it is especially helpful for those with cognitive impairments (and everyone else) if you include a brief summary and clear instructions when posting assignment resources.

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