I was wondering if anyone had some strong suggestions for Accessibility plugins/LTI's for Canvas?
Mat, In general Canvas is pretty accesibke on its own. Is there a specific issue you're trying to address? I'm also going to share this with the Accessibility group in the Community to see if they can help.
Great question Mat - there are a few plugins that provide support for accessibility. The primary ones that I am aware of include:
I did a presentation at Instructurcon that compared those three tools and will hopefully be published soon - in the meantime, you can check out a few resources from that presentation here.
I use #3, Cidi Labs Design tools. It is great for accessibility. It flags content that is not accessible (i.e. pictures with no alt tags, low contrast, etc.)
Brian, thanks for mentioning this about Cidi Labs! We've been playing around with this for a bit and, amidst all the other tools, I'd skipped right over their accessibility checker. Just took a quick glance, but the link check in particular seems to have a lot of potential for simplifying the idea of accessibility for those who may not be too familiar with it. (For anyone who is curious, I attached a screenshot below.)
Thanks for you responses. Apologies I didn't answer sooner, I hadn't realised anyone replied as I didn't receive an email.
@Kona - we're looking to improve accessibility site wide for those with disabilities and ensure content is displayed efficiently as possible.
@Christopher Phillips - Thanks for the suggestions - I've looked at all three and they look quite unique from each other.
It seems a few people have complimented the Cidi Labs product as an Accessibility checker. However, after looking at each promo video and reading, it seems it's not purely an accessibility checker and seems it might be quite limited to the other two products you mentioned (UDOIT & Ally).
Is this true? I'm going to proceed to investigate further, but that's what I've found so far.
Anyone's thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Mat, that sounds about right to me. Cidi Labs isn't strictly an accessibility checker, but has some features built in that simplify review of three things -- links, alt text, and that the heading tags run in the correct order. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the accessibility checking feature, given that my school is looking at it for some other reasons, but I think you're correct that it's not as powerful on this front as other products that focus just on accessibility.
Good questions Mat Reed, I actually just published a blog post with a comparison table that includes a table comparing the three different tools at:
Comparison of Canvas Accessibility LTI Tools
You are correct that Design Tools is not accessibility specific, but as I spent some time with it I was surprised at how much it does:
Each of the tools work very differently from each other and all of them are helpful in encouraging accessibility in different ways. #accessibility.
Christopher Phillips & Ellen Rhudy
Thanks both for your responses in regards to this.
Great blog post Christopher, I got a lot out of that so thanks for sharing.
I think I've got enough insight to each of the three tools being discussed. Once our institution determines the end goal and exactly what we're trying to achieve, then we can make an educated decision based off the information been gathered.
Thanks again, really appreciate your time and effort!
Hi Mat Reed,
Have you had a chance to check out our Accessibility Checker? You can find the General Accessibility Guidelines here and some more information regarding Accessibility within Canvas. However, I have a number of schools who find the new checker quite handy when it comes to doing a quick review.
Hope this helps!
Retrieving data ...