Making your PowerPoint Presentations Accessible

You can use the accessibility checker in Microsoft Powerpoint to make your PowerPoint presentations more accessible.

To use the accessibility checker

  1. Select the Review tab
  2. Select Check accessibility
  3. Work your way through all of the errors and warnings in the accessibility report

It’s likely you will be asked to provide alt text for any images or objects in your presentation. You can leave this blank if the images or objects are decorative, but if the images or objects provide information, you should include this information in the alt text. 

Tech Tip

Take a look at the tech tip below to see a demonstration of the accessibility checker:

Setting up an MS Form as a Canvas Assignment

You can embed forms into Canvas assigments to provide students with a due date for when they must complete the form by. You might do this if you want students to provide emergency contact details, for example.


How to embed a form into a Canvas Assignment

Before you embed your form into a Canvas assignment, you should design and create your form. Find out more about creating forms.

Once you’ve created your form,

  1. Select ‘collect responses’
  2. Select the embed option, which looks like an html tag
  3. Copy the embed code
  4. Visit your Canvas course and create a new assignment
    1. Title your assignment and provide a brief description in the RCE
    2. Select ‘Insert>Embed’ and then paste the embed code you copied
  5. Leave the assignment with 0 points
  6. Select ‘Ungraded assignment’
  7. Set the due date, available from date, and available until date 

Tech Tip: Embedding a form into a Canvas assignment

If you’d like to watch a demonstration of the above process, take a look at our video below.


Taking attendance

You can also use MS Forms to take attendance. Find out more here.

Finding your Calendar in the Canvas Student app

Need help finding outout what’s on your schedule this week? We can help you find out by using the Canvas Student app, which makes it really easy to find out what is happening on the go.

To look at your Canvas Calendar on your mobile phone:

  1. Search for the Canvas Student app in your app store
  2. Log in using your GSA details (take a look at How do students access Canvas? for help)
  3. Select the Calendar icon from the menu
  4. Select today’s date to see what is happening today

Tech Tip

If you prefer, we’ve made a video demonstrating how this works:

Creating icons and Buttons in the Rich Content Editor

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You can use the Canvas Icon Maker to create icons and buttons in Canvas that link to other content, such as a Module or Page. These icons are more accessible than any images of text you may have used in the past, because they are in SVG format. SVG files do not get blurry when we zoom in or use Canvas on a phone.

  1. Start by opening the Rich Content Editor (RCE) and then select the Icon Maker 
  2. Enter a name for your icon and provide alt text: the alt text should be the same as the text you’re planning to use in your icon
  3. Start to edit the shape, size, and colour of your icon: until you give your icon a colour, you won’t see the icon in the preview. Use the Adobe Color Contrast Analyzer (Links to an external site.) to select an accessible colour pallette
  4. Add your text and edit the colour and position. 
  5. If you like, select an image: the single colour images may work better than the multi colour images
  6. Select Apply
  7. Optional: to link your icon to a module or page, select the icon and then select Insert>Link>External/Course Link

To see these instructions in more detail, take a look at How do I create an icon using the Rich Content Editor Icon Maker? 

Creating Icons and Buttons in the Rich Content Editor Tech Tip

If you’d prefer to watch a video tutorial, take a look at the video below:

How to see what’s coming up in Canvas

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You can use the ‘List view’ on your Canvas Dashboard to see a list of all of your events, assignments and tasks in a linear, itinerary format. You can also add to-do items to your list and even find Zoom links very easily.

Changing to List View

To change your Dashboard view on Canvas to the List view:

  • Select the three dots next to the Search bar
  • Select List view

Take a look at the video below to find out more: