Accessibility in Canvas – Self-Guided Tutorial

Canvas by Instructure LogoCreating Canvas courses with accessibility in mind helps a variety of learners. Students with visual disabilities may need to use a screen reading device, which needs to have ADA friendly content to ensure the device can read the content to the student. Other elements, such as tables and links, can help everyone by having greater descriptiveness.

This self-guided tutorial focuses on Canvas by Instructure.


Please review the following fourteen tasks. Each item will open in a new window/tab, allowing you to review the item’s content without losing this page. Close the item’s tab to return to this page and move on to the next item in the list.

  1. Read What is Accessibility?
  2. Review Headers in Canvas: As Easy as 1, 2, 3.
  3. Read Creating Descriptive Links in Canvas.
  4. Review Insert Images via “Insert Content” Area.
  5. Review Adding tags to images in your Canvas course.
  6. Read about Complex Images and Accessibility.
  7. Review the use of Bullet and Numbered Lists in Canvas.
  8. Discover the use of Accessible Tables in Canvas.
  9. Learn how to add Table Headers via the Canvas Interface.
  10. Review content about Color Contrast in Canvas.
  11. (Optional) Review Accessible Math in Canvas.
  12. Learn how to use UDOIT and the Accessibility Checker.
  13. Enroll in the Accessibility Self-Guided Tutorials site.
  14. In the site, complete the activity: Accessible Documents Activity.

Alternatively, you can download the Accessibility in Canvas – Self-Guided Tutorial Printable Guide as a PDF. It includes the first twelve steps listed. The thirteenth task, Accessibility in Canvas Activity, must be completed through its link.