Content

Purpose: Ally is a third-party tool enabled at ASU to provide accessibility scores on files housed in a Canvas course. Accessibility scores show instructors how accommodating their content is for a student with disabilities and meets accessibility standards. The Ally Dashboard in a Canvas course provides an overall accessibility score for the course in addition to breaking down what documents need their scores improved.

**Students will NOT be able to see this navigation link in the Canvas course. This link is only for instructors.**

Other resources:
Course Accessibility Report
ASU Accessibility and Resources
Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Canvas allows online videos from streaming websites to play in its content page without requiring a student to navigate outside the course. Instructors can add as many videos on one Canvas page or Rich Content Editor for students to view. The following Quick Tip will show share link and embed options for online videos.

**Make sure share settings on a video taken from a private account are enabled for users with the link to access it**

Other resources:
How do I embed iFrame videos using the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage system available for all ASU faculty, staff, and students. It is integrated into ASU Canvas so files can be easily added to any Rich Content Editor by instructors or course designers. Files can be linked or embedded into a Canvas Page (or any Rich Content Editor) for students to view. Google Documents can even be edited within the Canvas Page or Google Drive to make updates without the need for reuploading a new version.

The following process uses a Canvas Page, but can be performed in any Rich Content Editor in the ASU Canvas system.

**Students must also authorize access to Google Drive in order to access shared content. Course Designers will only be able to properly test the functionality of the steps through another user assigned as a “Student” in the designated course. “Student View” will not be able to authorize access to the Google Drive item.**

**Make sure file share settings are set for easy access by other users. Ideally, set files or folder to “Anyone with the link can access” rather than isolating to ASU accounts as most users have personal Google accounts**

Other resources:
Canvas Guide: Using Google in Canvas
Knowledge Base Article: Google Drive in Canvas
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Image descriptions and alternative text are used to provide contextual information displayed in an image. This is particularly important when images are meant to provide information to the user. While alternative text and image descriptions can be used by anyone, they are necessary for individuals who rely on the use of screen readers, as that is the only way those individuals are able to receive the information in the image.

Other resources:
General Accessibility Design Guidelines
Section 508 – Guide to Accessible Web Design & Development
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Images can be added to a Canvas course by adding it to the Rich Content Editor, or RCE. The option, “Embed Image” is located as a picture icon in the RCE’s tool bar and can be used to pull images from a URL, Canvas, computer’s desktop, or from the copyright-free website Flickr. Using images can not only add attractiveness to course material but also provide more visual aid support on provided information.

**Please also be sure to add a description, or alternative text, to added images so students with special accommodations may also understand the displayed material accurately. See resources below for guides on accessibility.**

Other resources:
How do I embed images from the web in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I embed images from Canvas into the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
How do I embed images from Flickr Creative Commons in the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?
Accessibility Quick Tip Videos
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Images can be added to a Canvas course by adding it to the Rich Content Editor, or RCE. The “Image” option in the right, Content Selector tool next to the RCE can be used to pull images from the copyright-free website Flickr, a computer’s desktop, or the Canvas course. Using images can not only add attractiveness to course material but also provide more visual aid support on provided information.

**Please also be sure to add a description, or alternative text, to added images so students with special accommodations may also understand the displayed material accurately. See resources below for guides on accessibility.**

Other resources:
Canvas Guide: How do I insert course images into the Rich Content Editor using the Content Selector as an instructor?
Accessibility Quick Tip Videos
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: MediaAMP hosts uploaded media for ASU Faculty/Staff in a streaming cloud system which can be shared with students via share link or embedding in a Canvas course. In addition, MediaAMP allows users to add captions to uploaded media so students may experience them in an alternative format. It is important to have captions added so all types of students may have access the course content easily, without additional accommodations.

Other resources:
MediaAMP's ASR (Automated Speech Recognition)
MediaAMP ASU contact: mediaamp@asu.edu
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Making a word document accessible is important so disability users may easily understand provided course material. Performing this process also alleviates instructors’ needs to provide separate material accommodations after a course has already started. In ASU Canvas, once a document has been adjusted for accessibility, users may download it into other desired formats to fit their needs, but the document’s initial accessibility will determine the ability to use the format appropriately
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Other resources:
MS Office Support - Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities
Microsoft - Improve accessibility with the Accessibility Checker
MS Office Support - Accessibility support for Word
ASU Web Accessibility
ASU Disability Resource Center
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: Instructors who choose to copy over an entire Canvas course or specific items from one Canvas to another may also use the option “Adjust Events and Due Dates” to have due dates shift to the new semester date. However, users should also double check dates shifted to adjust for a new academic calendar, holidays nor weekends are not automatically accounted for.

**Do not use this option if the length of the course is different such as 16 weeks versus 8-week courses. Canvas may not adjust to this accurately.**

Other resources:
Canvas Guides: How do I add an announcement in a course?
Canvas Guide: How do I adjust events and due dates in a course import?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

Purpose: When course content is copied from Canvas to Canvas, there are potential for links breaking or leading to incorrect locations whether inside or outside the course. Canvas makes it easy to check whether links are broken or not with the “Validate Links in Content” option. Use this option when double checking course content links are accurately set and visible to students.

**There may be some links that show up as invalid but students still have access them. Please see the Canvas guide under “Resources” for those situations.**

**The link validation option is not perfect and may miss some things. Therefore, please double check that areas in your course are correctly “Published” for student access and test them using the “Student View” when necessary”.

Other resources:
Canvas Guide: How do I validate links in a course?
email the LMS Migration team
Video Suggestions

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