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Center for Instruction and Research Technology



The University of North Florida is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Instructional materials distributed to students must be accessible at the time of publication. This is essential for people with disabilities and useful for all. We work with you to develop accessible courses and course materials proactively.

The Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) supports developing accessible courses and course materials proactively. We provide the following services:

  • Training on the creation of accessible documents and other course materials.
  • Individual consultation on document accessibility and course reviews.
  • A course accessibility checklist for self-review.
  • An accessibility checker, Ally, for Canvas Learning Management System files.
  • Information and services for captioning and transcripts of course media.

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Creating accessible course content will save time in the long run. Accessible content improves the learning experience for all students, not just individuals with disabilities, as it meets the needs of various learning preferences. Content created in Canvas can be made accessible using the Rich Content Editor (RCE) and Canvas Studio. The default settings in Canvas already meet the minimum accessibility standards. As accessibility exists on a spectrum, there is always room to improve. 

  • Course Checklist
    To help assure your course content is accessible, please refer to the Canvas Course Content Accessibility Checklist.
  • Accommodating Extra Time on Assessments in Canvas

    If you have a SAS student that requires extra time on assessments, please review the following guide for Adding Extra Assessment Time in Canvas.

  • Ally
    Ally is an accessibility checker integrated into Canvas. This tool provides instructors with feedback on the accessibility of uploaded files and guidance to make those documents more accessible. This is gauged utilizing an accessibility score. Ally also automatically provides alternative formats for uploaded files, such as HTML, electronic Braille, and audio, available to students and instructors. Ally will be used to identify a baseline for the accessibility of courses and will allow UNF to continue providing a more inclusive learning environment for all students. Self-enroll in CIRT's Ally training course for more information.


Accessible documents are easier to understand and read for all users, not just users with disabilities. There are accessibility checkers built-in to Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe, but creating documents with accessibility in mind is a proactive way to save time. Tagging your document with headings, being mindful of color, and using conscious formatting techniques are just a few ways to make your documents more accessible to more people.


Adding videos and audio to your course enriches the learning experience for your students. But it’s important to ensure your multimedia content is accessible to everyone. The following practices and resources for captions and transcripts will help you create an equal and accessible user experience for all.