Project Description


Access for everyone


‘Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005, RMIT University is required to provide information, services and course materials that are accessible to the widest possible audience’. (RMIT University 2018)

Below you can learn more about the Accessibility features within Canvas and Office 365 which support you in providing inclusive design and content for your students.

Learning Context

Accessibility in CANVAS 

In Canvas you can check the accessibility of a Page by selecting the Check accessibility icon on the rich text editor toolbar.

Click Edit mode and then select the icon. It will scan your page and identify areas that are not accessible and also provide you with prompts as to how to fix the issues that it finds.

In the following example, the accessibility checker determined that there is a table without a caption.

The checker also enables you to fix the issue, by applying a table caption, and also a navigation bar to take you to the next issue:

Accessibility in Office 365 

With Office 365 being rolled out to RMIT staff during the end of 2018, all staff will be able to create web-accessible documents and presentations.

In-built into Office 365 applications is the accessibility checker tool. This tool can be accessed via the Review ribbon, select Review and then click Check Accessibility to scan your file for accessibility issues. It works similarly to the Canvas accessibility checker whereby it scans your file and provides you with prompts as to how to fix the issues that it finds.


  • RMIT University 2018, Accessibility, viewed 14 August 2018, Link
  • Canvas General accessibility design guidelines. Canvas 2018, Viewed 14 August 2018, Link