Improving Accessibility in Your ELMS-Canvas Course with Principles of Universal Design


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Incorporating universal design principles into your ELMS-Canvas-Canvas course design makes it accessible to a diverse range of learners. The following examples of online and classroom activities are based on nine (9) universal design principles and can help you to create a more accessible and inclusive learning experience for all of your students.

Principle 1: Equitable Use

The design is useful and marketable to wide and diverse abilities.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas-Canvas

Principle 2: Flexibility in Use

The design accommodates a wide range of preferences and abilities.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas-Canvas

Principle 3: Simple and Intuitive

The design is simple and easy to understand regardless of ability.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas-Canvas

Principle 4: Perceptible Information

The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user regardless of ability.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas

Principle 5: Tolerance for Error

The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of unintended consequences.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas

Principle 6: Low Physical Effort

The design can be used effectively with minimal effort.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas

Principle 7: Size and Space for Approach and Use

The design has consideration for appropriate size and space

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Example in ELMS-Canvas

Principle 8: Community of Learners

The design promotes interaction and communication amongst student and instructors

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Example in ELMS-Canvas

Promote interaction with:

Principle 9: Instructional Climate

Design instruction to be welcoming and inclusive. High expectations are espoused for all students.

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Example in ELMS-Canvas

Adapted from "Best practices for building Universal Design principles into your Canvas courses," Simon Fraser University