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Heard at UBTech 2018: Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Videos

August 31, 2018

Did you miss the UBTech conference earlier this summer in Las Vegas? Not to fear! We captured every keynote and breakout session for attendees via Mediasite, and now, all those videos are available to you.

Keep checking back here on our blog in the coming days and weeks as we highlight some of our favorites. Today, we present to you a session about making classes as assessible as possible. In it, our friends Ian Wilkinson of Texas Tech University and Jackie Luft of Western State Colorado University share technical and pedagogical considerations for creating accessible video. They share planning considerations and technical basics of lighting, audio and captioning.

“Your well-designed video is going to be easier to make accessible. So if you are very concerned, or if you have not yet learned to be concerned (you should be) with making video that is accessible for all your learners … designing your video at the onset for accessibility will help make that process easier,” Wilkinson said.

Why is accessibility important? Aside from ensuring that learners with disabilities have the same access to the content, analytics show that people who don’t need captions are also using them a lot, he said. Maybe they’re riding the train to work or school every morning. Maybe they have a noisy roommate. Regardless of the reason, having captions in instructional videos helps learners clarify technical terms, aids non-native speakers, makes the videos 100% searchable, etc. It’s a very effective learning tool.

If you can’t wait another day to see more, here’s the complete UBTech 2018 Mediasite Showcase. You’ll need to log in to view the content, but it’s free.

P.S. They also presented a webinar with us recently called “The 3 P’s of Accessibility.” You can watch that here.

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