Educational Podcasting Network

March 19, 2007 at 9:18 am 3 comments

 Amazing how many podcasts there are to choose from it is like a candy store for educational programs on the web.  It was difficult for me to find out if any of these podcast would be accessible if you were not able to hear them.  Information on making podcasts accessible seems limited.  Maybe I need some better search terms.  Basically people would provide a transcript or captioning box along with their podcast if they were to make it accessible.

The most salient point in all of this is that podcasts will need to be made accessible if they are to be used in higher education.  I am not sure if colleges and universities are going to make blanket guidelines for making all digital media used accessible to students.   People responsible for providing accommodations to students are stuck.  There is so much great audio information out there but most of it is not accessible.  Administrations require that media be accessible but there is not the funding or the understanding of how to do it.  The idea is that everything  produced  has to be captioned or attached with a transcript.

Could podcasts be made so you could call into them?  If so then people who use sign language could call video relay and have the podcast interpreted for them for free thanks to the FCC.  Of course this would not solve accessibility issues for people who are hard of hearing and do not use sign language.  They would still want a written document.

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  • 1. Educational Podcasting Network « Deaf News Network  |  March 19, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    […] by deafnewsnetwork on March 19th, 2007 Educational Podcasting Network: “If so then people who use sign language could call video relay and have the podcast […]

  • 2. Ed Darrell  |  March 26, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Links! Where are you finding these podcasts? Got a few examples?

  • 3. Where is your podcast? « Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub  |  May 11, 2007 at 11:36 am

    […] example, Nora’s itec 845 blog wonders about converting podcasts to print, for hearing-impaired students. Do you even have […]

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accessibility for podcasting

this special topic will look at how podcasting is made accessible for people who can not hear them. Primarily the way podcasts are being made accessible are through providing scripts to people. Secondly captions are being added. Captions can be created on full screen or in a caption box. It was mentions to me by an accessibility specialist that users prefer to have a choice. Having a choice people tend to choose captions that are created in a caption box rather than floating in a full screen

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