Last updated on February 22, 2024

The Universal Design Online Content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, “You Do It”), is a course accessibility checker integrated in Canvas. Instructors and course designers can use it to scan an entire Canvas course to identify accessibility barriers. After the scan, an instructor can correct some barriers directly through the tool. For barriers that cannot be corrected within the tool, UDOIT provides guidance to remove the barrier.

Web accessibility and universal design for learning (UDL) focuses on making course materials easier for all students to obtain and understand. The university is committed to providing assistance and accommodation, while also fixing barriers whenever possible. To help, UDOIT empowers instructors to scan a new or current course to make it more accessible to all learners.

UDOIT is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. More information about UDOIT, updates, events and how to work with the Learn@UW–‍Madison learning technology consultants are available on the DoIT Academic Technology website.

Getting started

UDOIT is available via the sidebar navigation within Canvas for instructors and course designers. Students are not able to view this tool. Refer to the Learn@UW–‍Madison KnowledgeBase UDOIT page to get started.


UDOIT is available at no cost.

Key features

Checks for many accessibility barriers, including:

  • Headings in page structure
  • Alternative text for images
  • Table headers
  • Color contrast
  • Video captions

Highlights barriers in the following areas of a course:

  • Announcements
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Syllabus
  • Modules

Please note: some items cannot be examined by UDOIT. These include external documents and some videos/audio files for captioning/transcripts. Refer to the accessible documents guide and the accessible video and audio content guide for more information on accessibility best practices.


The DoIT Help Desk provides instructors, staff and students with free tech support and troubleshooting help by phone at (608) 264-4357, email and chat. In-person support is also available at the DoIT Help Desk service desk in the Computer Sciences building. Visit helpdesk.wisc.edu for hours and more information.

The Learn@UW–‍Madison team is also available to consult with instructors and instructional staff on selecting and using the right learning technology to improve student success. You can request a consultation by contacting the DoIT Help Desk. In addition, the Learn@UW KnowledgeBase offers helpful documents for instructors, course owners, and students.

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