We have added a new button to Canvas. Although not particularly exciting in itself, it’s what this button can do that makes it newsworthy. Lecturers in the Faculty of Science and Engineering are part of a pilot looking at improving the accessibility of their Canvas Courses.
The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables staff to identify accessibility issues in their Canvas course content.
The UDOIT tool will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. It was created by the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) at the University of Central Florida (CDL).
UDOIT will identify “errors” and provide “suggestions” in the following areas of your course:
- Files (i.e., .html files)
- Module URLs
It will check for the appropriate use of the following:
- Use of headings in page structure
- Alternative text for images
- Table headers
- Color contrast
- Descriptive link text
- Video captions
The Origin of UDOIT
The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) partners with the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) office to ensure access to online course content for students with disabilities. Historically, reviewing courses has been a manual, reactive process done by CDL staff. With UCF’s large online presence, a systematic, proactive, instructor-centric approach was devised to identify accessibility issues in online course content.
In late 2013, Instructure (the creators of Canvas, the platform that powers Webcourses@UCF), announced a grant program for anyone in higher education with innovative ideas. CDL applied for, and ultimately won, a $10,000 grant to build UDOIT.
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