Accessibility Considerations

Download this Quick Guide to Accessibility for information on how to improve different types of resources.

Make Course Readings and Materials Accessible

Make Canvas and Online Content Accessible

  • Content is easy to navigate and comprehend - files, and modules are labeled appropriately and are informative, i.e.: “Week Two: Topic” instead of “files”. 
  • Color themes are easy to read i.e.: contrasting text and background colors. 
  • Alternative text appears with graphics and images to be accessed by screen readers. Such text describes the image so that important information reaches the learner (alt tags or longer descriptions). 
  • Documents uploaded to Canvas (PDF, Word, PP) are accessible to students via screen and text readers. 

Make Video and Audio Content Accessible

  • Video(s) created and used for instructional purposes should be properly captioned. 
  • Student Disability Services provides captioning services for qualified students with disabilities at no cost. Contact SDS at if assistance is needed. 
  • Videos automatically captioned by YouTube are not adequately captioned and need to be reviewed for accuracy before using. 
  • Narrated PowerPoint presentations are not accessible. Consider recording presentations in Panopto and then having the lectures captioned. 
  • Create a plan to provide equitable alternatives to inaccessible AV. 
  • Cornell's Video on Demand service can help you caption your videos