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3Play on Campus: Boston

3Play on Campus is an interactive, nationwide event for web accessibility enthusiasts in higher education.

Our first event in Boston featured all-around accessibility experts who shared invaluable advice on how to navigate closed captioning and WCAG 2.0 requirements in an ever changing digital landscape.

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Panelist: Closed Captioning Best Practices and Lessons Learned

When it comes to closed captioning in higher education, there isn’t really a one-size-fits-all solution. Different institutions have different budgets, student bodies, and goals. But that doesn’t mean they don’t all face the same challenges.

In this presentation, Clayton Hainworth, Content Production Manager at edX, Jody Fanto, Director of Engineering & Software at Harvard DCE, Catherine Zabrieskie, Director of Academic Technology at Brown University, and Rob Eveleigh, EIT Accessibility Coordinator for the Five College consortium, answer common challenges institutions and organizations face when approaching captioning.

This presentation will cover:

  • Panelist roles and how they tackle accessibility initiatives at their institutions
  • How their respected institutions approach captioning
  • Major lessons learned


Clayton Hainworth
Content Production Manager | edX

Jody Fanto
Director of Engineering & Software | Harvard DCE

Catherine Zabrieskie
Director of Academic Technology | Brown University

Rob Eveleigh
EIT Accessibility Coordinator | Five College consortium

Josh Miller
CRO, Co-Founder | 3Play Media

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Jared Smith, WebAIM: Implementing and Evaluating Web Accessibility

Is your web content completely accessible? According to WCAG 2.0 guidelines, a website must be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. Most sites are compliant, yet still inaccessible.

In this presentation, Jared Smith, Associate Director at WebAIM, defines what an accessible and functional website is. Diving into each WCAG 2.0 standard, Jared shares practical changes that can be integrated into the content creation workflow to create more accessible content.

This presentation will cover:

  • The true meaning of accessibility
  • What an accessible website should include
  • How to comply with each WCAG 2.0 standard
  • Tools for evaluating your sites accessibility


Jared Smith
Content Production Manager | edX

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Results from Two National Studies on Closed Captioning in Higher Ed

How are schools handling captions? How do captions improve learning for college students? Where does the budget come from? To what extent is captioning motivated by fear of litigation?

Presenting on the results from two national research studies and a survey on closed captioning in higher education, Lily Bond from 3Play Media will look at the current state of closed captioning at colleges and universities across the US.

Together, these surveys provide a clearer picture of the benefits, solutions, complications, and direction of closed captioning in higher education.

This presentation will cover:

  • How and why students are using closed captioning
  • Perceived benefits of captioning beyond accessibility
  • How colleges and universities are handling closed captioning
  • Current successes and limitations of captioning in higher ed
  • Comparison of captioning practices for face-to-face, online, and institutional marketing content
  • How colleges & universities perceive and react to legal requirements for captioning


Lily Bond
Director of Marketing | 3Play Media