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Canvas Accessibility

The University of North Florida is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. UNF's Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy (6.0240P) requires that we ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently than other individuals. The current standard for measuring accessibility is the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1, Level AA.

 

Instructional materials distributed to students must be accessible to those who require adaptive technologies. This is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all.

 

CIRT recognizes the importance of supporting instructors in this work and has developed resources and training specific to these needs. Please see a summary of the services we offer below, and visit the Best Practices page.

Course Checklist

To help assure your course content is accessible, refer to the Canvas Course Content Accessibility Checklist.

Canvas Native Content

Content created in Canvas can be made accessible utilizing the Rich Content Editor and Canvas Studio (formerly Arc). The default settings in Canvas already meet the minimum accessibility standards. As accessibility exists on a spectrum, there is always room to improve. For more information, refer to the Canvas Content and Training pages.

Captions and Transcripts for Media

CIRT uses a third-party service to provide captions and transcripts for audio-visual instructional materials. Instructors that have already recorded videos that need to be made more accessible can complete the Transcript Request Intake Form.

Document Accessibility

Electronic documents can pose a barrier to students. There are ways to create documents with accessibility in mind and tools available to improve every user's experience, like built-in accessibility checkers and Ally.

Accessibility Checker

Ally is an accessibility checker integrated into Canvas that automatically reviews electronic files. For more information on how to optimize use of this tool, view the Ally page.

Consultation

CIRT can provide one-on-one consultations for Document Accessibility Reviews, Course Reviews, and individualized training. Schedule a meeting with Iris Schwimmer, Coordinator of Accessibility Training, for in-depth information.

Training

We offer training on accessibility in Canvas and on creating accessible documents. Register for sessions on CIRT’s Event page.

 

For further questions, please contact CIRT at cirtlab@unf.edu or (904) 620-3927.