Course Shell

Make your LMS inclusive.

Whether you use Canvas, Blackboard, D2L, or another Learning Management System, there are basic accessibility best practices we can use to ensure we’re creating a course that is inclusive and supports our students’ learning.

Icon for Canvas LMS


If you’re not sure where to start, then start here!

While there are many best practices to get your LMS in gear, I’ve found that these 5 fixes likely address most of the accessibility issues in your course shells.

See the tutorials below on:

  • Font
  • Abbreviations
  • Color
  • Links
  • Videos


See the difference in accessibility (and clarity of information) by comparing these “identical” course shell/web pages.

Video Tutorial

5 Simple ADA Fixes for Course Shells

Web Tutorials


Size 12 is too small. Learn which font sizes are best.


Avoid common abbreviations (e.g., “pts.” versus “points”) as some screen readers may struggle to read them. See the above video for more information.