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July 13, 2012
Captions are text that is time-sychronized with the media. They convey all spoken content as well as relevant sound effects. Captions originated in the early 1980s from an FCC mandate for broadcast TV.
The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act requires all Internet programming that previously aired on television with captions to have captions online, as well.
The values of captioning include:
- Accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing
- Accessibility for ESL viewers
- Flexibility to view anywhere, such as noisy environments or offices
- Navigation, better UX
- Used as source for translation
Penn State has 55 online courses. They have an increasing need for accommodation in online education. Here is Penn's accommodation process:
1. Student discloses request of accommodation to ODS office
2. If qualified, student receives accommodation letter from ODS
3. Student submits letter to instructor including types of accommodation needed
4. Instructor informs the learning designer of accommodation needed
5. Learning designer coordinates effort to implement accommodation
Penn State had many challenges to overcome when developing a captioning solution for video content. For a full demonstration of how they overcome these difficulties and found their solution with 3Play Media, watch the slideshow!
Dr. Keith D. Bailey
Assistant Dean, Online Learning and Education Technology & Director
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