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Re: Transcribing & Captioning in Higher Ed


From: Giovanni Duarte
Date: Apr 13, 2011 6:54AM

I was recently in a conference at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
The Keynote speaker was Daniel Goldstein from NFB, and he emphasized that we
need to provide "equal access" or same mainstream access to content. In
other words, if you have a course that have media components such as videos,
audio, or images, those should have the corresponding descriptions or
transcripts. We provide transcripts for every single video that is
developed. We have incorporated this as part of the development phase so
costs are "low". In other instances, we may have a new video that was not
developed by instructional design so we will send the video to a third party
vendor for transcripts.

The key, in my opinion, is to make accessibility part of your development so
it is more effective and you are not reacting to provide solutions.


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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Karen Sorensen
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Transcribing & Captioning in Higher Ed

Hi Becca,
Thanks for posting this inquiry. Portland Community College offers
transcribing and captioning services for media in courses that have
Disability Services students (who qualify for this accommodation) enrolled.
However this makes for a crazy beginning of term since students can register
up through the first week of classes. I'm working on proposing a policy that
all online courses are developed to 508 Rehabilitation Act standards (which
includes captioning) and that we will offer captioning of media to every
faculty member (so not just faculty who have a DS student) with 3 weeks
advanced notice.

As I understand 508 though, media can be left uncaptioned if there is an
alternative method for the student to achieve the same learning outcomes. Do
others agree with this? That is the key to not needing to caption copyright
protected material.

Captioning is funded currently by our Instructional Support, Distance
Education and Disability Services departments.

I hope others will contribute how they handle media captioning and 508
standards in general. This is a very big issue for our college right now. In
my research I found the Kansas
State<http://www.k-state.edu/dss/k-access/policy.html>;and Sacramento State
<http://www.csus.edu/accessibility/index.html>; accessibility policies and
websites very helpful.


Karen Sorensen
PCC Instructional Technology Specialist
Coordinating ADA Compliance of Instructional Media

Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 09:43:00 -0400
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Subject: [WebAIM] Transcription/captioning
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I am seeking information as to what services are offered by various
institutions of higher education in the way of transcription and captioning
of audio and video . Our university offers these services, however, I would
like to get an idea of how many colleges or universities offer such services
and how they are funded; is the service institutionally funded or are there
any fees associated with those services (do the colleges or departments pay
or is it the responsibility of the instructor to cover the cost, etc.)?

I appreciate your taking the time to address this question and your efforts
in creating an accessible learning environment.

Thank you.

Becca Palmer
Transcription Service & Projects Coordinator Instructional Development
Center Eastern Kentucky University
112 Crabbe Library, EKU Campus
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

Phone: 859-622-1656
Fax: 859-622-1116