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Georgia Tech Technology Accessibility FAQs
How accessible is Canvas?
While Canvas, Georgia Tech’s learning management system, does contain accessibility features, it is important to ensure that the resources/documents shared with students through Canvas are also accessible. For more information on how faculty can create accessible courses, please see Maintaining Accessibility When Teaching Remotely.
How can I allow more time on a test or allow a student to take a test multiple times?
The Quiz tool within Canvas allows accommodations (e.g., extended time, multiple attempts, etc). The following links provide a step-by-step guide on how to set up each accommodation in Canvas:
- Allow extra attempts for quizzes
- Allow extra time and moderation for quizzes
- Assign quizzes to individual student(s)
If I create a recording, how can I ensure that it is accessible?
Kaltura Personal Capture, which is integrated into Canvas, can be used to record desktop activity, video, and audio to prepare instructional materials. Kaltura provides machine-level (automated) captions for the delivery of media. The accuracy of these captions depends on the clarity of speech as well as the content matter. Faculty/TAs can edit these captions. Professional captioning services are available and can be very costly.
How can I conduct accessible real-time (synchronous) sessions?
If faculty use BlueJeans, BlueJeans Events, or WebEx for synchronous instructional sessions, the sessions are not captioned in real-time. If a session is recorded and downloaded, the video can be published through Kaltura with machine-level (automated) captions.
Fundamental Accessibility Requirements for Online Materials
Below are the accessibility requirements that are most fundamental to digital content. The process of each does not require a lot of efforts, but will ensure your course content and activities will be accessible to and beneficial to all your students:
- Avoid building activities or conveying information that requires students to see or distinguish between colors, shapes, sizes, location, and/or format (Bold, Italics, Underline). Also, make sure that no information or activity is available through sound only.
- Videos need to have captions and audio files need to have transcripts.
- Images need captions or alt text (a 100-125 characters short description of the image that is hidden unless an image cannot load).
- Section titles (i.e. Headings) should be created so that computers and text-to-speech programs can recognize the text is a heading.
- Links should have descriptive text.
- Lists should be constructed with the bullet/numbered list buttons in the Canvas editor.
- Mathematic notations should be created with the Canvas or Wiris/MathType math editor.
- Avoid animated images (GIFs) unless you have a way to pause or hide them.
The Rich Content Editor in Canvas, which is available in several tools such as Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, and Quizzes, includes an accessibility tool that checks common accessibility errors within the editor. This tool can help you design course content while considering accessibility attributes and is located in the Rich Content Editor menu bar.