Making Quizzes accessible in Canvas

There are multiple items you should consider when creating an ADA accessible quiz in Canvas.  

  • If you have set a time limit on your quiz, you can grant access for extra time. If the student hasn't taken the quiz, the extra time will be added to the student's initial attempt and additional attempts. Instructions on how to do this are below.
  • Add alt text and descriptions to your quiz (and other) images in Canvas. See instructions on how to do that are at this link.
  • Include table header rows on tables in your quiz questions. Make the tables simple, rather than complex. Instructions on how to do that are below. Detailed information can be found at this link.
  • Do not use Hot Spot question types as these are not ADA accessible.

Extending time on a Quiz

If a student is currently taking the quiz while you are viewing the Moderate Quiz page, you can extend the quiz time as part of their current attempt. You can choose how many minutes to extend the quiz, and whether you want to add those minutes to the current time or the current (scheduled) end time.
NOTE: A quiz must be published before you can moderate it. If you would like to manage the quiz moderation options before allowing students to access it, set the quiz Available From date to a future date and publish the quiz. Your students will not receive a notification for an unavailable quiz. Once you’ve made timing moderations, you can unpublish the quiz to save your moderations. You can then continue to edit the quiz prior to publishing it for your students to access.
Quiz availability dates still apply when moderating a quiz. If the Until date passes when students are taking the quiz with extended time, the quiz auto-submits even if the student's time extension has not expired.

To extend time for students on a new quiz

  1. In Course Navigation, select the Quizzes link. 
  2. Select the name of the quiz.
  3. Select the Moderate This Quiz link (See Fig. 1)
    moderate the quizFigure 1: Moderate this quiz
  4. To moderate a quiz for one student, locate the student and select the Edit icon (See Fig. 2)
    edit pencil iconFigure 2: selecting the Edit pencil icon
  5. If you want to select multiple students, select the checkbox next to each of their names. If you want to select all students, select the top checkbox.
  6. Type the number of extra minutes in the Extra Time on Every Attempt field (See Fig. 3).
    adding extra minutesFigure 3: add extra minutes to the attempt
  7. Extend the quiz time (See Fig. 4)
    extending quiz timeFigure 4: extending the quiz time

NOTE: If a student is currently taking the quiz while you are viewing the Moderate Quiz page, you can extend the quiz time as part of their current attempt. For current attempts, the remaining time will display next to a clock icon. To extend the time on the quiz, select the clock icon.

Making an accessible table

A simple table here means means that there is a maximum of one header row and one header column where a header column specifies the type of information in the column. In addition, there are no merged cells within a simple table. Below are examples of simple and complex tables. Because screen readers present information linearly (i.e., table cell by table cell), it is generally easier to parse tables when they are set up as simple tables (See Fig. 1 & 2). 

simple tableFigure 1: simple table

complex tableFigure 2: complex table

Modified on: Wed, Feb 1, 2023 at 8:52 AM

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