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UDOIT - Getting Started

This document is intended for new users of UDOIT, a course accessibility checker

 Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”), is a course accessibility checker that allows instructors to scan an entire Canvas course to identify  and help resolve accessibility issues, referred to as “barriers.”


Instructor Considerations

  • UDOIT is a third-party tool that scans most areas of your Canvas course for accessibility barriers. 

  • Once the scan is complete, UDOIT will provide an interface to assist instructors in making changes to help alleviate these barriers. 

  • Although the tool does provide a way to fix some barriers directly inside the tool, there are some barriers that may require some direct editing of the HTML of the area in the course. 

  • UDOIT also checks course files. These files will require knowledge of how to make the changes in the software or programs that created the files.  

  • UDOIT is available to all credit and non-credit courses within Canvas. 

Using UDOIT for the First Time

  • UDOIT appears on by default in each course’sCanvas Navbar. Review the document Enabling UDOIT in Canvas for step-by-step instructions on enabling UDOIT in a Canvas course. 

  • Instructors and Course Designers access UDOIT from the left side navigation bar. The UDOIT area is not visible to students. 

  • When you first open the tool, it will automatically scan your course for accessibility barriers.

  • UDOIT is a teaching and learning tool centrally supported by the Learn@UW-Madison team. For technical support questions, instructors should contact the DoIT Help Desk

Tool Functionality

Basic Functionality

Scan your course with UDOIT

  1. Open your Canvas course, and select UDOIT Accessibility Checker

  2. When selected, UDOIT will automatically scan your course.

  3. On the Home tab, you can review a list of errors, suggestions, and ways to get started.

  4. Click each error or suggestion to address it. Your list will update as you address each one.

  5. The UFIXIT tab displays a list of errors that can be corrected. Click the Review button beside each item to review individually.

  6. The Files tab displays a list of files in the course, and indicates whether or not they have been reviewed for accessibility.

  7. Click the three stacked dots in the upper right corner of UDOIT to open a menu where you can view reports, or download results as a PDF.

Resolve Common Errors

Common errors and suggestions are listed on this document from UW-System. These are also displayed in the UDOIT interface.


The tool also maintains reports as to how many barriers have been identified, how many have been fixed, and how many remain to be addressed.

Additional Training Resources

Best Practices and Use Cases

  • UDOIT presents barriers based on a few criteria. Instructors should start with the “Easiest to Fix” barriers in order to get used to the tool and its functionality. 

  • The barriers will be presented in two categories: errors and suggestions. Errors should be the first ones to be addressed. 

  • If the tool cannot fix the issue natively, it will give you a link to the page for you to correct. 

  • If you are unsure how to edit HTML, please work with your local support or a knowledgeable colleague. 


  • UW-Madison has an institutional license for UDOIT for all courses. UDOIT is available without additional costs to UW-Madison students, staff and faculty.

Keywords:u doit accessibility access scan canvas course scanner design course compliance u do it   Doc ID:118427
Owner:Andrew M.Group:Learn@UW-Madison
Created:2022-05-09 11:23 CDTUpdated:2022-08-30 13:36 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW-Madison
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