Online learning best practices

March 26, 2007 at 8:04 am 1 comment

While surfing around looking for itec bolgs I found Partick Keough’s bolg.  He has got quite a few good links on best practices for online learning and distance learning.  Most ideas are common sense and follow good design principles.  The links are mostly to other colleges.

I know this blog is going south of my topic about making podcasting accessible.  After hearing Brian Lamb from UBC speak to our class I thought I might make time to read some other people and see what they have to say.  So I have been trolling along the web looking for things that interest me.
Back to pod casting for a moment.

I am thinking people are not motivated to make their pod casts accessible to people who can not hear them.  Well, in good faith I believe they would like to make them accessible but it is their initial intention in making them.  Podcasts are made for people to listen.  As a consumer of pod casts I listen and sometimes fall asleep.  The presentations that have a screen of visual information are less drowsy.  If you are on the train or walking with your ipod listening, I imagine it is more difficult to fall asleep.  A Deaf person would have to read the transcript.  There is a drowsy thought.  Or they would watch captions which might keep you awake but don’t blink or you miss something.  Of course you can always rewind.

There is a great deal of energy centered around web 2.0.   If teachers are trying to keep up are they just keeping up?   Further, it is exciting to make some thing, publish it and get feedback.  The feeling of pod casting is spontaneous.  You record and post.  Search,  find, download and you are on your way with your ipod.

Compliance, if it were mandatory how would it change people in their work flow?  Maybe things would be less drowsy.  Along with captions people might add some graphics.    If you had a Deaf student in your class room how would you accommodate them?  Interpreters are great but you can not rewind them at home late at night, drowsy as can be  in research mode.


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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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