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

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