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Douglas G Blane Presentation Alt Format Mainstreaming Digital Talking Book production. Further details at www.AltFormat.com

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  • 1. Mainstreaming Digital Talking Book production By Douglas G Blane Technical Co-ordinator Digital Audio Project [email_address] www.open.ac.uk/disability Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 2. Acronyms
    • CSS Cascading Style Sheets
    • DAISY Digital Accessible Information System
    • DDA Disability Discrimination Act
    • DTB Digital Talking Book
    • DTD Document Type Definition
    • HTML Hypertext Mark-up Language
    • OU The Open University
    • PDA Personal Digital Assistant
    • PDF Portable Document Format
    • SENDA Special Educational Needs & Disability Act
    • SMIL Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language
    • VLE Virtual Learning Environment
    • W3C World Wide Web Consortium
    • XML eXtendable Mark-up Language
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 3. ‘ The human mind is a fire which has to be set alight … we take this as our ambition’ Lord Crowther The Open University Chancellor 1969 Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 4. Introduction
    • Background
    • Types of student disabilities
    • Why mainstream DTB production?
    • Structure is the key
    • OU production workflow
    • OU production processes
    • Mainstreaming beyond disability
    • Looking into the future
    • A student’s perspective
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 5. Background
    • 180,000 students actively studying with the OU
    • 10,000 (5.6%) OU students registered as disabled
    • Not all disabled students studying with the OU register as disabled with the OU
    All statistics based on 2007 data Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 6. Types of student disabilities Students may have more than one disability Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008 1606 Dyslexia 1735 Other 1914 Manual skills 2448 Mental health 2926 Mobility / Physical 3904 Fatigue / Pain 58 Autistic spectrum 351 Speech 669 Personal care 693 Hearing 854 Unseen disability 938 Sight
  • 7. Why mainstream DTB production?
    • Increase number of courses available as DTBs
    • Decrease our costs to produce DTBs
    • Provide DTBs & other e-formats for all students
    • Meet students individual preferred learning styles
    • Provide “structured” MP3 files for all students
    • Decrease our costs to distribute DTBs via the web / VLE
    • Comply with SENDA & DDA legislation
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 8. Structure is the key
    • The Open University Structured Authoring system
    • Provides structured outputs in XML , Word, HTML, PDF etc
    • Allows automated transformation into DAISY Digital Talking Books
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 9. Structure is the key
    • The Open University Structured Authoring system
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 10. OU Production Workflow Word Structure: Schemas DTDs Print layout PDF XML Web forms Editors: Illustration Formatting for Publishing Editors: Audio Visual Other inputs Learning objects HTML VLE DAISY DTB Structured MP3 Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 11. OU Production Workflow Word Structure: Schemas DTDs Print layout PDF XML Web forms Editors: Illustration Formatting for Publishing Editors: Audio Visual Other inputs Learning objects HTML VLE DAISY DTB Structured MP3 Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 12. OU Production Workflow Word Structure: Schemas DTDs Print layout PDF XML Web forms Editors: Illustration Formatting for Publishing Editors: Audio Visual Other inputs Learning objects HTML VLE DAISY DTB Structured MP3 Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 13. OU Production Workflow Word Structure: Schemas DTDs Print layout PDF XML Web forms Editors: Illustration Formatting for Publishing Editors: Audio Visual Other inputs Learning objects HTML VLE DAISY DTB Structured MP3 Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 14. OU Production Workflow Word Structure: Schemas DTDs Print layout PDF XML Web forms Editors: Illustration Formatting for Publishing Editors: Audio Visual Other inputs Learning objects HTML VLE DAISY DTB Structured MP3 Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 15. OU Production Workflow Word Structure: Schemas DTDs XML Formatting for Publishing DAISY DTB Structured MP3 Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 16. OU Production Workflow OU Structured Authoring OU XML DAISY DTB Structured MP3 DAISY XML Word Other outputs Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 17. OU Production Processes Course material OU handcrafted processes OU DTBs Human voice OU DTB software Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 18. OU Production Processes Course material OU handcrafted processes DAISY DTBs Structured MP3 Other outputs OU DTBs Synthesised voice Mixed synthesised & human voices Human voice DAISY Pipeline Easy Publisher Easy Converter XML OU DTB software Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 19. OU Production Processes Course material DAISY DTBs Structured MP3 Other outputs Synthesised voice Mixed synthesised & human voices Human voice DAISY Pipeline Easy Publisher Easy Converter XML Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 20. OU Production Processes Course material DAISY DTBs Structured MP3 Other outputs Synthesised voice Mixed synthesised & human voices Human voice DAISY Pipeline Easy Publisher Easy Converter XML Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 21. OU Production Processes Course material DAISY DTBs Structured MP3 Other outputs Synthesised voice Mixed synthesised & human voices Human voice DAISY Pipeline Easy Publisher Easy Converter XML Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 22. OU Production Processes Course material DAISY DTBs Structured MP3 Other outputs Synthesised voice Mixed synthesised & human voices Human voice DAISY Pipeline Easy Publisher Easy Converter XML Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 23. OU Production Processes Course material DAISY DTBs Structured MP3 Other outputs Synthesised voice Mixed synthesised & human voices Human voice DAISY Pipeline Easy Publisher Easy Converter XML Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 24. Mainstreaming Beyond Disability
    • DAISY DTB software player
      • Cost
      • Platform dependent
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 25. Mainstreaming Beyond Disability
    • DAISY DTB software player
      • Cost
      • Free OU DTB Player based on a business model similar to Adobe Acrobat Reader
          • Increase potential DAISY DTB usage in to the mainstream market
          • Increase potential demand for DAISY DTBs
          • Increase potential market share
          • Increase potential revenue
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 26. Mainstreaming Beyond Disability
    • DAISY DTB software player
      • Cost
      • Free OU DTB Player
      • Platform independent
        • Web browser plug-in OU DTB Player
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 27. Mainstreaming Beyond Disability
    • DAISY DTB software player
      • Cost
      • Free OU DTB Player
      • Platform independent
        • Web browser plug-in OU DTB Player
        • Can be used on Windows, MAC, Linux, Unix, PDA, mobile phones, other
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 28. Mainstreaming Beyond Disability
    • DAISY DTB software player
      • Cost
      • Free OU DTB Player
      • Platform independent
        • Web browser plug-in OU DTB Player
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 29. Looking into the future
    • Further integration of academic learning structures into the DAISY standard
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 30. Looking into the future
    • Further Integration of academic learning structures into the DAISY standard
    • Integration of OU & BBC co-produced television programmes into DTBs
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 31. Looking into the future
    • Further Integration of academic learning structures into the DAISY standard
    • Integration of OU & BBC co-produced television programmes into DTBs
    • Integration of multimedia content into DTBs
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 32. Looking into the future
    • Further Integration of academic learning structures into the DAISY standard
    • Integration of OU & BBC co-produced television programmes into DTBs
    • Integration of multimedia content into DTBs
    • Mobile content for mobile devices
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 33. A student’s perspective
    • Over to Susan Baxter…
    • You can watch this video online through The Open University YouTube area:
    • www.youtube.com/user/TheOpenUniversity
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008
  • 34. Digital Audio Project Disabled Student Services The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
    • www.open.ac.uk/disability
    Created by Douglas G Blane © The Open University 2008