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Best Practices for Recording and Captioning Lecture Content

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

When it comes to educational video content, high-quality closed captions are very important. It improves the educational experience better for all students, not just those who need to use captions as an accommodation. As an instructor, you can ensure your educational videos…

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Updated April 13, 2018
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3Play Media’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

by Patrick Loftus in Company + Culture

It’s that time of year again! Looking back on the blog posts from last year that peaked our readers’ interests the most helps everyone imagine what to expect in the new year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Updated February 6, 2018
Colored bubbles overlapping with the names of the top 5 accessibility speakers and their presentations. Top 5 Accessibility Speakers of 2017. Lainey Feingold: the 2017 legal update on digital accessibility cases. Tom Tobin: strategies for getting administrative & faculty buy-in for UDL. Katie Linder & Lily Bond: The state of closed captioning in higher education. Bruce Bailey & Timothy Creagan: complying with the section 508 and section 255 refresh. Jackie Luft & Ian Wilkinson: Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Video

Top 5 Accessibility Speakers of 2017

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

These are our top 5 most viewed webinar speakers from 2017. These speakers cover everything you want to know about video accessibility from a legal update to best practices for creating accessible video! Speaker: Lainey Feingold Lainey Feingold, internationally recognized disability rights…

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Updated January 9, 2018
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How to Test Video Players for Accessibility

by Patrick Loftus in Video Accessibility

One-third of all online activity is spent watching video content, and video traffic accounts for 69% of all global consumer internet traffic. So, considering watching video has become so intensely fundamental to the average online user experience, shouldn’t we also expect the…

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Updated January 9, 2018
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How 3 Schools Approach University-Wide Captioning

by Sofia Enamorado in Industry Trends

Download the infographic: A beginners Guide to University-Wide CaptioningWhile captioning is mandated by the law, many universities struggle to implement an effective campus-wide workflow for captioning. A lot of the time, the biggest hurdles come down to building awareness, getting funding, and making…

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Updated January 4, 2018
Massive Open Online Courses and Closed Captions

5 MOOC Platforms Doing Captioning Right

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are distinguished from other online education programs in that they are made available to the public on behalf of the host university. They are usually free, although sometimes fees are charged for optional services like a certificate…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How Captioned Videos Help Autistic Students

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

  Accommodations Reach Beyond Their Intended Purpose When advocating for a more accessible world, you may have heard the argument that making accommodations for people of differing abilities often benefits a larger segment of the population. For example, ramps for wheelchair users…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Study Shows Adding Captions Improves Faculty Evaluations + Helps Students Learn [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Elisa Edelberg in Case Studies

  In today’s bustling and tech-y world it’s no surprise that the number of online courses is growing. An increase in online video in higher education has caused institutions to pay closer attention to closed captioning in terms of legal requirements, accessibility,…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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5 Ways to Pay for Captioning With Grants and Funding

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

Download the Brief: Sources of Grants and Funding for Closed Captioning One issue that many online video producers face is how to pay for closed captioning. Many video producers in higher education, entertainment, and eLearning are required by law to caption their…

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Updated December 22, 2017
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How to Bounce Back from an OCR Complaint

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

  In the world of higher education, North Carolina State University is known for their innovation in engineering, science, and technology. So as the digital age was emerging in the late 90s, NC State began to transition their content into the online…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Who Needs to Step Up to the IT Accessibility Plate? (QUIZ)

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

  Ever heard the saying, “Teamwork makes the dream work?” When it comes to accessibility on campus, that saying embodies how IT accessibility initiatives should be approached. It’s hard to define a single role to take charge of accessibility, especially at an…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How Much Does Audio Description Cost?

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Is the Cost of Audio Description a Barrier to Accessibility? Across all markets, from the education industry to the entertainment industry, cost is a leading barrier for providing accessible content. Despite the legal requirements to implement audio description into web media content,…

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Updated January 4, 2018