Canvas Accessibility

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What is Accessibility?

The purpose of accessibility is to promote equity, find impactful ways to remove barriers for all students and strive to promote an inclusive environment. We want to provide our students the same opportunity to access their courses and content in the classroom and online. Universal Design plays an integral part in creating an inclusive environment that allows students to interact with the content regardless of their abilities.

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Anthology Ally - What is it?

Your digital content in Canvas may not be accessible. While Canvas has a native accessibility tool, UIW has chosen to license tool called Ally. You will use Ally to check your course content and documents for upgrading previous documents and course content, and for creating new ones. Ally uses color coded visual cues to indicate how closely your content meets accessibility standards. The visual cues are not at all visible to students.

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Your students will see the clickable Ally symbol throughout your course. When clicked, your students will be able to choose a downloadable alternate format for your content including an audio version, translated file, electronic publication and a variety of other file types that are compatible with assistive devices. All students can benefit from alternative formats of digital content.

How to Use Ally

Where is Ally? Open
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The 5 Principles of Canvas Accessibility

When designing your course, faculty should consider all of their students' needs. All students should have equal access to their course learning content. By following these 5 principles, faculty will make their courses more accessible:

Principle 1 - Use Headings Open
Principle 2 - Use Alternative Text for Images Open
Principle 3 - Use Tables for Data and Information Open
Principle 4 - Use Descriptive Text for Links Open
Principle 5 - Use Video Captions Open