The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”), is a course accessibility checker integrated in Canvas. Instructors and course designers can use it to scan an entire Canvas course to identify accessibility barriers. After the scan, an instructor can correct some barriers directly through the tool. For barriers that cannot be corrected within the tool, guidance is provided to help an instructor remove the barrier.
Technology is an intricate part of most courses and learners using it have a wide variety of characteristics and contexts. Accessibility and universal design learning focuses on making course materials easier for all students to access and understand. The university is committed to providing assistance and accommodation, while also fixing barriers whenever possible. To help, UDOIT empowers instructors to scan a new or current course to make it more accessible to all learners.
Checks for many accessibility barriers, including:
- Headings in page structure
- Alternative text for images
- Table headers
- Color contrast
- Video captions
Please note: some items cannot be examined by UDOIT. These include external documents and some videos/audio files for captioning/transcripts. Refer to the Accessible Documents guide and the Accessible Video and Audio Content guide for more information on accessibility best practices.
Highlights barriers in the following areas of course:
UDOIT is integrated with the Canvas LMS and enabled by default in all Canvas courses. The tool is listed as “UDOIT Accessibility Checker” in the sidebar.
UDOIT is accessible via the sidebar navigation within Canvas for instructors and course designers but not students. Refer to this Learn@UW-Madison KnowledgeBase article to get started.
- Learn@UW-Madison UDOIT KnowledgeBase
- UDOIT Vendor KnowledgeBase
- UDOIT User Guide (Vendor Canvas Course)
- “Create Accessible Online Course Materials” KnowledgeBase doc
- UW-Madison’s Guides on Digital Accessibility
The DoIT Help Desk provides instructors, staff and students with free tech support and troubleshooting help by phone at 608.264.4357, email at firstname.lastname@example.org and chat at helpdesk.wisc.edu. In-person support is also available at the DoIT Help Desk service desk in the Computer Sciences building. Visit helpdesk.wisc.edu for hours and more information.
Instructors and instructional staff can also request a consultation through the DoIT Help Desk. A DoIT AT consultant will help you select and use the right learning technology to improve student success. In addition, the Learn@UW KnowledgeBase offers helpful documents for instructors, course owners and students.