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Accessibility tips

For you who are a teacher and work in Canvas, there are some things you can do to create more accessible content for your students. Many of the tips are good to keep in mind for any type of information that is published on the web and on digital platforms.

The law about accessible digital public service

Accessibility is a current issue, the law about accessible digital public service (Lagen om tillgänglighet i digital offentlig service) comes into force for us who have existing websites on September 23, 2020, but it also applies to content published before that date (with special exceptions for video *). The law applies to both public websites, intranets and private websites, such as KTH Social and Canvas. 

What can I as a teacher think about?

When you create teaching materials in, for example, the learning platform and the web, there are some things that are good for you to know for the content to work for everyone. Minor adjustments that may not be as time-consuming for you can make a big difference to many. Often, the tips available to create accessible content are things that benefit all types of users and students, not just those with some form of disability and who uses technical aids to surf the web. "Design for all" (external page, wiki.org)  is a term commonly used in the context.

8 quick accessibility tips when working in Canvas

  1. When working with your course room in Canvas and specifically in the text editor (Rich Content Editor) there is a button to quickly read if the page and your content are available. Learn more about how to do this with Canvas accessibility Checker (external page, Canvas Community) .
  2. Try not to have too long pages of text. Feel free to create subpages.
  3. Do not upload files unnecessarily. Use a file format that is available to everyone when uploading files, such as the PDF format (not scanned).
  4. Links are accessible if they are clear (avoid the "click here" type). A link should be understood where it leads, independent of the surrounding text.
  5. Images needs to have a "caption" or "alt-text" to be accessible. This i a text that describes the content of the image. You can fill it in with the upload of the image.
  6. Video should be subtitled to be accesible, or have a supplementary text explaining the content.
  7. If you use figures or graphic elements to convey important information, the same information must be in text form as a complement.
  8. Do not use color alone to convey information (eg red text for something negative and green for something positive)

(*The legal requirements for video and audio files apply to content published from September 23, 2020)

Read more about accessibility and what you can think of when working in Canvas "Accessibility Guides - 5 tips to improve your Canvas course" (external page, Canvas@KTH)  and "Quick Steps for Enabling Accessibility in Your Canvas Course" (external page, Canvas Community) .

Read more on accessible web content

Video: "Learn the basics about Digital accessibility" (15 minutes long video)

Contact

Do you have questions about publish on the web, accessibility etc? Send an email to e-learning@kth.se .

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