The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has charged the University of Tennessee System (UT System) and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to develop and implement policies for accessible information, materials, and technology used in the college and university setting.
The term accessible means everyone, including people with learning differences, is afforded the same opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services in an equally effective and integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
The How-to Guides and checklists on this page will help you to ensure the learning materials you create are accessible to all. For additional support, you can contact the OIT HelpDesk at 865-974-9900.
Accessible Canvas Courses
Online courses broaden our ability to reach a wide variety of students, but they can also serve as barriers when the students who need them are unable to access and use them. The UDOIT Accessibility Checker allows you to scan your Canvas courses for potential accessibility issues and resolve many of those issues from within the UDOIT app. UDOIT provides guidance for why accessibility issues may inhibit learning for some students. When used in conjunction with the other accessibility evaluation tools on this page, UDOIT also serves as a checklist for the files in your course, allowing you to quickly access course documents, review them outside of UDOIT to remediate accessibility issues, and mark them as reviewed.
Visit the UDOIT Accessibility User Guide.
Accessible Evaluation Guidelines
Learning technologies should always be evaluated to ensure they are universally accessible. Can everyone who needs to use them do so, or are they inaccessible to some learners or instructors? When the very nature of a technology imposes a barrier to its use, those individuals with certain types of disabilities will not be able to benefit from using it. It can be considered inaccessible along a continuum.
This procedure walks individuals, departments, or programs through the process of evaluating and documenting the relative accessibility of a product for procurement decisions and end-user support preparation.
Visit the Accessible Product Evaluation Guidelines page.
Training, Guides, and Checklists
Accessibility Evaluation and Implementation Tools (AEIT)
This collection of tools help guide authors using common authoring tools to evaluate and implement best practices for accessibility. Download the checklists below, which each reference “just in time” descriptive tutorials.
Accessible Learning Materials & Tools
Learn how to design learning materials accessibly. This site contains courses that focus on making documents accessible, PowerPoints accessible, captioning videos, and using Read&Write software effectively.
Log in to Canvas to begin the Accessible Learning course
Accessible Documents & PowerPoints
This document contains steps to follow to ensure accessibility of Microsoft Office 2016 documents including Word documents and PowerPoints. It also provides information about making accessible PDFs from Office 2016 source documents.
Download “How to Design Accessible Office Docs“
Download “Using the Word Accessibility Checker“
Implementing UDL on Canvas
Don’t just put materials on Canvas, design courses on Canvas. This course can be used as a reference or as a learning tool to proactively address barriers to learning and enhance your Canvas courses for everyone!
Join the UDL Canvas course