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How Are Other Schools Handling Captioning?

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  If you work in disability services, video production, or IT procurement in higher education, you might be curious about what other schools are doing when it comes to video captioning. How much are they spending on it? How much video content…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Top 5 Tips for Getting Colleagues to Adopt UDL in eLearning

by Patrick Loftus in Events

Need help encouraging your colleagues to start implementing universal design for learning (UDL) in the courses they teach? Dr. Thomas Tobin, author and speaker on quality in distance education, is an expert on the subject. He suggests referencing the following five-step approach…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why Students Use Closed Captions and Transcripts

by Emily Griffin in Industry Trends

  A captioning research study from Oregon State University examined why students use closed captions and video transcripts as part of their studies. How do these resources support their study habits? What benefits do students get from transcript and captions? Let’s look…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How Many Students Use Closed Captions and Transcripts?

by Emily Griffin in Industry Trends

  Educators often go to great lengths to transcribe and caption their lecture videos. This is necessary to accommodate students with disabilities who may require captions or transcripts to gain full access to the material. A captioning research study from Oregon State…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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VoiceThread Captioning Made Simple with 3Play Media Integration

by Emily Griffin in Product Updates

  3Play Media offers a round-trip integration with VoiceThread to make the closed captioning and transcription process as simple as possible. About VoiceThread VoiceThread is a multimedia platform that weaves interactive audio and visual content to facilitate meaningful communication. It offers products…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Over 99% of Students Use Videos in Their Coursework

by Emily Griffin in Industry Trends

  Just how essential is video in education these days? For answers, we turn to the Oregon State University research study “Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions & Transcripts.” Have Any of Your Courses Included Videos? Out of 2123 higher education…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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OCR Reaches Web Accessibility Agreement with 11 Educational Institutions

by Emily Griffin in Video Accessibility

  This month, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reached settlements with eleven different educational organizations facing web accessibility complaints. It was reported earlier this spring that the OCR was investigating over 350 school districts for website accessibility…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Captioning 101: Are you ahead of the class? (QUIZ)

by Emily Griffin in Lighter Side

  Have you been tasked with captioning educational video, lecture capture recordings, and other eLearning multimedia? Before you choose a closed captioning vendor, make sure you have a solid understanding of basic captioning FAQ. Take this short quiz to see if you’re…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Why Public Schools Need to Audit their Website for Accessibility Right Now

by Emily Griffin in Industry Trends

  When it comes to web accessibility, the prevailing attitude at most schools is “we’ll get to it when we have to.” Well, that day is coming up fast for American public schools. The websites of 350 educational institutions are being investigated…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Web Accessibility Cases in 2015 and What They Mean for the Future

by Emily Griffin in Events

2015 was a busy year for web accessibility law. Several high-profile lawsuits, settlements, and regulatory complaints contributed to mounting case law in support of making web content universally accessible to people with disabilities. These set the precedent for universities, government entities, and…

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Updated January 4, 2018

12 Questions on the Past, Present, and Future of Web Accessibility Law

by Emily Griffin in Events

Recent years have seen an uptick in disability discrimination lawsuits about web accessibility against higher education institutions, private corporations, and media companies. The trend has many seeking answers about which accessibility laws apply to them, what they need to do to comply,…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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What Happens When the DOJ Comes Knocking? UC Boulder’s Cautionary Tale

by Emily Griffin in Events

Given the flurry of web accessibility lawsuits that institutes of higher education are facing today, universities need to be nimble in resolving accessibility complaints. University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) found itself subject to investigation by the Department of Justice a few years…

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Updated January 4, 2018