Accessible Video Captioning for
Distance Education and Online Learning
Distance Teaching & Learning
August 9, 2013
Rob Hal...
Agenda
Highlights from recent accessibility data
Captioning basics
Accessibility laws
Value propositions
BU Online Overvie...
Poll
Accessibility Data
• More than 1 billion people have a disability
• 56.7 million report a disability in the U.S.
• 48 mill...
What Are Captions?

• Captions are text that is time-synchronized
with the media
• Captions convey all spoken content as w...
What Are Captions?

Terminology
• Captioning vs. Transcription
What Are Captions?

Terminology
• Captioning vs. Transcription
• Captioning vs. Subtitling
What Are Captions?

Terminology
• Captioning vs. Transcription
• Captioning vs. Subtitling
• Closed Captioning vs. Open Ca...
What Are Captions?

Terminology
• Captioning vs. Transcription
• Captioning vs. Subtitling
• Closed Captioning vs. Open Ca...
How Are Captions Used?
Accessibility Laws
Section 508
•
•

Added to Rehabilitation Act in 1986
Applies to federal agencies and organizations
with...
Value Propositions
• Accessible for deaf and hard of hearing
• For ESL viewers
• Flexibility to view anywhere, such as noi...
Boston University Online Overview
• First Online Masters Program Launched in 2002, At
Present Offers 17 Degree Programs, o...
Boston University Online Overview
Boston University Online Overview
Building Our Accessibility Policy
• Assembled study team within ODE to
brainstorm/strategize online accessibility issues
•...
Poll
Boston University Online Captioning
• Currently only one program [Master of Social Work]
has a standard policy to caption ...
Boston University Online Captioning
Beyond Accessibility:
Other Advantages to Transcribing/Captioning
• Students have access to transcripts of the media
to us...
Beyond Accessibility:
Other Advantages to Transcribing/Captioning
Questions

Rob Haley
Senior Media Producer

Tole Khesin
VP of Marketing

rthaley@bu.edu
www.bu.edu/online

tole@3playmedia...
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Distance Teaching & Learning, August 9, 2013

Accessibility Data:

- More than 1 billion people have a disability
- 56.7 million report a disability in the U.S.
- 48 million (20%) in the U.S. have some hearing loss
- 11% of postsecondary students report having a disability
- 45% of 1.6 million veterans seek disability
- 177,000+ veterans claimed hearing loss

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
- Search
- Reusability
- Navigation, better UX
- SEO/discoverability
- Used as source for translation

Boston University currently has over 3,000 students enrolled in online programs. To build their accessibility policy, they assembled a study team within ODE to brainstorm and strategize online accessibility issues. Working with on campus Office of Disability Services as well as outside peer groups to develop the best practices, they are working to put a policy in place that can be utilized on a University-wide level.

Currently only one program has a standard policy to caption all media elements, but the Office of Distance Education offers captioning for programs and courses on an "as needed" basis.

Other advantages to transcribing and captioning their content include giving students access to transcripts to use as an independent resource, generating scripts from existing audio/video media for faculty, and generating course content from existing or new audio/video media.

Presenters:

Rob Haley | Senior media Producer, Boston University

Tole Khesin | VP of Marketing, 3Play Media

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Accessible Video Captioning for Distance Education and Online Learning

  1. 1. Accessible Video Captioning for Distance Education and Online Learning Distance Teaching & Learning August 9, 2013 Rob Haley Senior Media Producer Tole Khesin VP of Marketing Boston University 3Play Media rthaley@bu.edu tole@3playmedia.com
  2. 2. Agenda Highlights from recent accessibility data Captioning basics Accessibility laws Value propositions BU Online Overview How BU uses captioning State of accessibility policy at BU Beyond accessibility Q&A
  3. 3. Poll
  4. 4. Accessibility Data • More than 1 billion people have a disability • 56.7 million report a disability in the U.S. • 48 million (20%) in U.S. have some hearing loss • 11% of postsecondary students report having a disability • 45% of 1.6 million veterans seek disability • 177,000+ veterans claimed hearing loss
  5. 5. What Are Captions? • Captions are text that is time-synchronized with the media • Captions convey all spoken content as well as relevant sound effects • Originated in the early 1980s from an FCC mandate for broadcast TV
  6. 6. What Are Captions? Terminology • Captioning vs. Transcription
  7. 7. What Are Captions? Terminology • Captioning vs. Transcription • Captioning vs. Subtitling
  8. 8. What Are Captions? Terminology • Captioning vs. Transcription • Captioning vs. Subtitling • Closed Captioning vs. Open Captioning
  9. 9. What Are Captions? Terminology • Captioning vs. Transcription • Captioning vs. Subtitling • Closed Captioning vs. Open Captioning • Post Production vs. Real-Time
  10. 10. How Are Captions Used?
  11. 11. Accessibility Laws Section 508 • • Added to Rehabilitation Act in 1986 Applies to federal agencies and organizations with federal subsidies Section 504 • • Part of Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Anti-discrimination law ADA • • • Updated in 2008 via ADAAA For schools, same requirements as Section 504 Netflix lawsuit implications 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) • Applies to content that airs on TV and the Internet.
  12. 12. Value Propositions • Accessible for deaf and hard of hearing • For ESL viewers • Flexibility to view anywhere, such as noisy environments or offices • Search • Reusability • Navigation, better UX • SEO/discoverability • Used as source for translation
  13. 13. Boston University Online Overview • First Online Masters Program Launched in 2002, At Present Offers 17 Degree Programs, over 20 Credit and Non-Credit Certificates, with Over 200 Active Courses • Over 90% of Enrolled Students in Graduate Level Programs • Courses run in Seven Week Cycles; Twice Each Spring, Summer, and Fall Semester • Currently over 3,000 Students Enrolled in Online Programs
  14. 14. Boston University Online Overview
  15. 15. Boston University Online Overview
  16. 16. Building Our Accessibility Policy • Assembled study team within ODE to brainstorm/strategize online accessibility issues • Working with on campus Office of Disability Services as well as outside peer groups [ex. Perkins School for the Blind] to develop best practices • Working to put a policy in place that can be utilized on a University-wide level
  17. 17. Poll
  18. 18. Boston University Online Captioning • Currently only one program [Master of Social Work] has a standard policy to caption all media elements • Office of Distance Education offers captioning for programs and courses on an “as needed” basis • Videos and/or shooting scripts are submitted for captioning and transcription when requested by Faculty, Instructional Designer, or Student Services Coordinator
  19. 19. Boston University Online Captioning
  20. 20. Beyond Accessibility: Other Advantages to Transcribing/Captioning • Students have access to transcripts of the media to use as an independent resource • Generating scripts from existing audio/video media for faculty • Generating course content from existing or new audio/video media
  21. 21. Beyond Accessibility: Other Advantages to Transcribing/Captioning
  22. 22. Questions Rob Haley Senior Media Producer Tole Khesin VP of Marketing rthaley@bu.edu www.bu.edu/online tole@3playmedia.com www.3playmedia.com Boston University 3Play Media
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