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Best Practices for Educators

These best practices will help guide you when designing and updating your course for accessibility. 

Details can be found at  Canvas General Accessibility Guidelines.

Scanned Documents

If you have used a scanner to convert paper documents into digital images such as scanning a textbook or handouts, then these files are completely inaccessible to students using screen reading software. There are solutions. Your Online Course Design Coordinators can help you with this.


Headings communicate the organization of the content on a page. It is important that they are defined using a specific hierarchy. Read more about headings.

Images and Objects

Alternative text provides a textual alternative to non-text content in Canvas pages and documents. Read more about alternative text.


It is important to use the bullet and numbering list tools when denoting a list of items by using the built-in list functions for Canvas and documents. Read more: How can I make lists of items accessible?


Link text should be unique within a page, should be meaningful when read out of context, and should help users to know something about their destination if they click on it. Read more about meaningful link text.

Contrast and Color

It is vital to all users that course text includes good contrast and contrasting colors. Read more about contrast and color accessibility.

Captioned Videos

It is important to note that auto-generated caption for YouTube videos are not accessible. There are many different solutions to insure that you videos are well captioned. See more on YouTube: Add your own subtitles and closed captions.