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Canvas has made checking for accessibility simple and fast! Plus, COFFEE: Video & Visual starts 11/1!

October 25, 2021

The Canvas Accessibility Checker tool now has notifications!

Brand new to Canvas is Accessibility Checker notifications, which can be found when editing any page, assignment, or discussion in your Canvas course site. The accessibility checker is found underneath the Rich Content Editor (RCE) box and if the option is enabled in your feature settings, it will display a number indicator to show how many accessibility errors were found in your content. But the really helpful part is that the Checker then tells you exactly what is wrong AND how to fix it. See below for screenshots and links to the relevant Canvas Help Guides.

The Accessibility Checker is already installed in Canvas for you. However, you will need to go into your Settings, then choose the “Feature Previews” tab. From there, enable “Accessibility Checker Notifications” by clicking the corresponding button to the far right (see image). This will turn on the numbered indicator for the Accessibility Checker tool:

Screenshot of Canvas settings with Accessibility Checker Notifications enabled.

When you have enabled the notifications, you will see a numbered badge display over the Accessibility Checker, found at the bottom of the RCE (see image). This tells you how many issues were found in whatever content you are currently editing:

Blurred out screenshot of a Canvas Rich Content Editor with the Accessibility Checker indicating 2 issues.

When you click on the numbered badge, you will see a side menu appear that walks you through all of the accessibility issues, one at a time. It gives you a place to correct the issue, as well as information about the issue itself and how to correct it when you click on the question mark icon (see image). Once you have corrected an issue, click the “Apply” button, and the Checker will continue to advance to the next issue, until you have corrected each one.

Screenshot of the Canvas Accessibility Checker describing an issue with Table Captions.

To learn more about using the Accessibility Checker, see: “How do I use the Accessibility Checker?” article and the “Accessibility Checker Notification” video.

Just around the corner – COFFEE: Video & Visual

COFFEE: Video & Visual is a four week, self-paced course which introduces available technology and best practices for creating effective videos and visual artifacts for instructors. Topics covered include: creating videos and captions with Zoom, creating effective presentation slide decks, designing effective learning content in Canvas, and more.

If you’ve always wanted to create clearer, more visually appealing Canvas pages and content, then this course is for you! You will complete tasks designed to help you practice the skills you learn over the 4 week period, and then have several artifacts ready to be copied and imported into your next class. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! You can self-enroll for the course at this link, and the entire Canvas site will open on Monday, November 1.

 

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