UDOIT tool assesses your Canvas course for accessibility

Posted by Kate Miller on Aug 28, 2017 4:22:50 PM

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The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”), created by the University of Central Florida, enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in Canvas courses at CU Denver. This tool is part of an open source community, which allows the tool to be used here at CU Denver.

The tool willI scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues.

Why have UDOIT?

Accessibility of online courses directly aligns with the need to have inclusive and accessible content.

UDOIT can help ensure these needs are being met by helping instructors become more aware of the importance of accessibility and providing the ability to fix potential accessibility issues in their course. Making a course accessible to all learners will support a more inclusive and diverse campus here at CU Denver.

What does it do?

UDOIT will identify “errors” and provide “suggestions” in the following areas of your course:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Files (i.e., .html files)
  • Pages
  • Syllabus
  • 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
  • Video captions

Please note: Some items cannot be examined by UDOIT. These include external documents and some videos/audio files for captioning/transcripts.

If you would like UDOIT to be deployed in your course, please contact Kate Miller at Kate.Miller@ucdenver.edu

Topics: CU Online, Accessibility

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