Accessibility tool now available in Canvas!

Created by the University of Central Florida, the Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”) enables faculty to identify accessibility issues in Canvas by Instructure. It will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues. Some accessibility issues identified by UDOIT are easily fixed with the click of a button while others might take an edit or two to amend.

Why should you consider using UDOIT?

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is described as “a research-based set of principles that together form a practical framework for using technology to maximize learning opportunities for every student” (Rose & Meyer, 2002, Preface). When UDL is applied, curriculum designers create products to meet the needs of students with a wide range of abilities, learning styles, and preferences. The UDL curriculum “reflects an awareness of the unique nature of each learner and the need to address differences” by offering:

  • Multiple means of representation, to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge;
  • Multiple means of action and expression, to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know;
    Multiple means of action and engagement, to tap into learners’ interests, offer appropriate challenges, and increase motivation (CAST).
(retrived January 2017. Universal Design in Education: Principles and Applications
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What does UDOIT look for?

Errors that UDOIT flags

Suggestions that UDOIT makes

  • Links should contain text
  • No Alternative Text found
  • Alternative Text should not be the image filename
  • Alternative Text is more than 100 characters
  • Alt text for all img elements used as source anchors should not be empty
  • No table headers found
  • No row or column scopes declarations found in headers of the table
  • Insufficient text color contrast with the background
  • Multimedia objects should have text equivalents (e.g., transcripts).
  • Avoid the use of animated GIF’s
  • Synchronized captions should be provided for prerecorded web-based video
  • Link text should be descriptive
  • The text equivalents (e.g., transcripts and/or captions) for embedded content should update when content changes.
  • Headings should contain text
  • Consider adding headings to your document to create more structure
  • Avoid using styles for document structure
  • Avoid using color alone for emphasis

Where does UDOIT look?

What errors will UDOIT NOT find?

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Files
  • Pages
  • Syllabus
  • Module URLs
  • UDOIT cannot check within Word Documents, PDF Documents, or other proprietary-formatted documents.
  • Please visit the following resources to read about accessibility for these file types.

3 minute introduction to UDOIT from the Center for Distributed Learning from the University of Central Florida


How do I get UDOIT in my Canvas course?

Contact the KSC Help Desk and make the request. It will appear in your courses within 24 hours. or 603-358-2532.