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Douglas G Blane Presentation Alt Format Mainstreaming Digital Talking Bookproduction080415

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Douglas G Blane Presentation Alt Format Mainstreaming Digital Talking Bookproduction080415

  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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