How accessible are higher education video services one year on from the Directive?

Part of series: Workshops & Seminars

The EU Directive on Accessibility came into operation in September 2020 and had significant implications for video services in higher education. One year on,  and following what was arguably the most turbulent year in recent history when practically all teaching and learning services were forced to move online, we want to take stock of how well higher education have adopted accessibility requirements.

During this seminar, we will hear from a variety of different universities and colleges who will describe the adjustments they have made. We will also take time to discuss the different challenges faced by providers from a technical, design and support point of view.

Moderator: Sally Reynolds, Media & Learning Association

Agenda: (note all times are in CEST)

14:00: Welcome and introductions

14:10: Arnout Probst, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during this presentation followed by a Q&A session, Arnout will be talking about the approach taken to making video resources accessible and the accessibility journey undertaken by the University of Amsterdam. (presentation)

14:25: Mary Ziegler, MIT, USA, Mary who is Program Manager for Online Accessibility in Open Learning will talk about strategies, practices, and processes for online accessibility in MIT. (presentation)

14:40: Andreas Schille, NTNU, Norway, as an educational video producer, Andreas will be talking about the overall approach taken in NTNU to making courseware and video in particular, more accessible. (presentation)

14:55: Thomas Dieste, Amberscript, The Netherlands, during this presentation and Q&A session, Thomas will present the results of Amberscript’s recent research into the implementation of accessibility measures in 175 universities.

15:10: Mike Wald, University of Southampton, UK,  Mike will be talking about the current state of play related to accessibility in UK universities and the work he and his colleagues have been doing to support the uptake of strategies and practices to support accessibility. (presentation)

15:25: Screen break

15:35: Discussion: Technical options and challenging choices, e.g. automatic vs manual captioning and the different options possible when considering captioning and transcription.

16:05: Discussion: Designing for access – building in access as part of the design of learning materials and activities.

16:35: Discussion: Future trends and challenges including how best to bring senior management on board when considering the necessary resources to support accessibility.

17:00: Close

Note: this seminar will not be recorded, however a summary document with all relevant links, presentations and references will be shared with participants afterwards.