The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (“You Do It”) enables faculty to identify and correct many accessibility issues in their MiraCosta Canvas courses. UDOIT scans a course, generates a report, and provides resources on how to address common accessibility issues. It was created by the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida.
Note: These tips are a starting point for creating accessible course content; for additional information or if questions arise, please contact Robert Erichsen, Access Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessibility Statement added to syllabus. Include: 1) Disability Accommodations statement; 2) Links to vendor accessibility information for specialty products used in your course. Resources: MiraCosta’s syllabus checklist has examples of recommended language.
Semantic Structure (or Styles) always used to create structure in Word, Open Office, HTML, etc. Heading 1 for Document Title; Heading 2 for all Section Titles; Heading 3 for all Sub-section Titles. Also, Strong (structural equivalent of bold); Emphasis (structural equivalent of italics). Other Style types are available, as needed. Table of Contents should be provided based on the Heading structure; Table of Figures, if needed. Resources:Making Headers in MS Word Creating Accessible Documents Word (WebAIM)
True Formatting in Documents through use of bulleted or numbered lists, true columns, and true tables instead of using returns, spaces, or tabs to create faux structure. Resources: Creating Accessible Documents Word (WebAIM)
Sufficient Color Contrast between foreground and background elements. Also, background does not overpower text (e.g. PowerPoint, Web page, etc.)
Descriptive Hyperlinks must make sense out of context; avoid vague descriptions like “Click Here” or “Email Me”. Avoid using the URL. Instead, hyperlink text should describe the destination: website name, document name, or other resource. Resources:http://www.webaim.org/techniques/hypertext/
Multimedia a) Audio-only: provide Text Transcript; b) Video-only provide Video Description (text description of key visual elements); c) Audio+Video provide Closed Captions, Text Transcript, and Video Description. Note: Text Transcript and Video Description can be combined in one file. Resources: Request DECT captioning directly when you upload your videos to 3C Media Solutions. Creating Subtitles and Closed Captions on Your YouTube Videos
UDOIT – Automated accessibility check and guide within Canvas
Microsoft PowerPoint is a common teaching tool that many instructors use to present course materials. In order to use these presentations within an online course, instructors must make them accessible for students with disabilities. Narrating your PowerPoints and streaming them online with captions is an optimal way to make your presentations more engaging for your online students as well as compliant with Section 508 / WAI standards.
By law, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act , learning materials, including interfaces, images, sounds, multimedia elements, and all other forms of information, must be made available for use by anyone, regardless of disability.
3C Media Solutions is a free streaming video server funded by a grant from the California Chancellor’s office.
Step 3: Request Captioning and add the Presentation to your Canvas course
This video will walk you through requesting captioning for your video free of charge. This service is made possible by the DECT Grant funded by the California Community Colleges Chancellors Office. This video will also walk you through how to add your streaming video presentation to your Canvas LMS course.