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It Takes an Ecosystem – How Brightspace and our partners are making education accessible to every learner


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Part One. Video Captions: One Important Tool for Creating Accessible Courses for Truly Diverse Learners
Automatic Sync Technologies promotes the benefits of Universal Design for Learning, with a focus on providing closed captioning services for education providers and publishers. VP Art Morgan says "the most successful campus accessibility campaigns have a common thread: they promote accessibility as a civil right and explain how accessibility fosters diversity and inclusiveness."

Part Two. Ghost Voices: Using-Text-to-Speech Technology to Improve the Quality of Learning Online
Have you ever wanted to know why your students may not read the materials you post online? Have you considered that students may need a little extra help with reading and writing as they are progressing through your content? Make your online text materials talk as if they were a live lecture. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology provide users with the ability to listen to text content.

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It Takes an Ecosystem – How Brightspace and our partners are making education accessible to every learner

  1. 1. It Takes an Ecosystem How Brightspace and our partners are making education accessible to every learner
  2. 2. Our Speakers Sheri Hutchinson – Readspeaker Ph.D., Business & LMS Implementation Manager Art Morgan – Automatic Sync VP of Partner Development
  3. 3. AGENDA 1. Accessibility Policy and Trends 2. Solutions for Vision and Learning Disabilities 3. Solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 4. Getting Buy-in for Accessibility on Campus
  4. 4. Vision and Learning Assistance
  5. 5. Accessibility Laws • 36 Million Americans with Hearing Loss • Dyslexia 15% of the US population • 12% Age Related Vision Loss • Web Accessibility Laws protect the civil rights of people with disabilities.
  6. 6. Quality Learning Experiences Improved accessibility not only better reaches your learners with disabilities, but improves experiences for all. Improving accessibility can also provide a competitive advantage. Universally designed products and tools improve the quality of content. Access to content via mobile devices is essential in our connected society.
  7. 7. ADA Compliance is part of our connected lives
  8. 8. Assistive Technology Assistive technologies include: •Screenreaders •Mobility devices like scooters •Mobile apps •Smart Pens •Glasses •Magnifiers •Braille •Speech-to-text technology •Closed captions •And more!
  9. 9. Technology The web and assistive technologies are opening up access to information and opportunities to populations who were excluded before- by circumstance, or by other means.
  10. 10. Sir Tim Berners-Lee W3C Director Inventor of the World Wide Web Learn More: The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
  11. 11. Ghost Voices: Using-Text-to-Speech Technology to Improve the Quality of Learning Online
  12. 12. Visual and Learning Disabilities and Assistive Technology Assistive Screenreaders are frequently used to assist those with low vision, low literacy, or learning disabilities to more easily access text. Assistive Screenreaders are often difficult to operate, require a download, have limited voice change options and may not be customizable. ReadSpeaker is a text-to-speech tool to bring text- based lectures, Docs, PDF’s, or Articles to life and portable voice content. • Can be downloaded as an MP3 for portability. • View who and how often content is accessed.
  13. 13. Robot Voices are Ghosts of the Past Today with ReadSpeaker Mobile Friendly Easy to Use Cost Effective High Quality Voices Customizable
  14. 14. Universal Design for High Quality Considerations for UDL Accessible and Universal Design for Online Content  Multitaskers  Low vision  Dyslexia  Cognitive Disorders  English Language Learners  Literacy Improvement  First Generation Students  Low Income
  15. 15. Adaptive and User-Centered • Change Highlighting and text font colors • Speed up or Slow Down Reading • Increase text visibility
  16. 16. Bi-Modal Learning Improved Learning Results Supports Accessibility Motivates Learners Increased Literacy
  17. 17. TextAid Integrating Enterprise Highlighting & Text Reader/Writer On Any Device • Select New Text Button • Paste Text • Click Listen • Read OCR Text Images • Read Highlighted Text • Upload Files to your Library “I’m a Reader!”
  18. 18. Solutions for Reading Fatigue & more Online text-to-speech allows a diverse and connected user access to learning from anywhere. 40+ languages and 120+ voices • Enterprise Highlighting allows users to listen to text content and even download as an MP3 for portability and multi-tasking. • docReader enables viewing and listening for online PDFs, Word documents, and more on any device. • TextAid to read, write, research and study all in the same tool designed for struggling readers and language learners. • speechCloud API to add voice to mobile apps. • formReader provides vocal assistance to users filling out online forms.
  19. 19. Solutions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  20. 20. Video Accessibility Background •Estimated percentage of adults* who are: • Deaf: 2%+ • Hard of hearing: 13%+ • Easiest/broadest solution is closed captioning • Consistent with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles • Increased comprehension and retention for all learners • Viewer flexibility • Enables indexing, searching, clipping • Caveat: There is a cost/quality trade-off for captioning Source:
  21. 21. Video Accessibility Solution
  22. 22. Quality Captions with One Click
  23. 23. Video Accessibility Resources • Details on accessibility regulations: • Captioning Guide Whitepaper: • AST’s research on accuracy and comprehension: • AST’s blog: • AST’s video gallery: sync/video-captioning-gallery/
  24. 24. Getting Buy-In for Accessibility on Campus
  25. 25. 5 Tips for Getting Campus Buy-in 1. Recognize that accessibility is a civil right 2. Understand how diversity accelerates innovation 3. Highlight the return on investment for all learners 4. Remind people of the myth of “separate but equal” 5. Point out that this is an ongoing process More details: right
  26. 26. John Baker President and CEO of D2L Accessibility is an organization-wide mandate and a critical element in all of our research and development efforts. We are committed to ensuring that we are the industry leader in this very important field.” It’s not just a requirement- it’s the right thing to do.
  27. 27. Additional Info Watch the full Webinar Or Try Now