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Jan. 30 webinar: Get started captioning with Automatic Sync Technologies

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Do you use online video in your courses? If so, this webinar is for you. Closed captions not only help make your video accessible to those with disabilities but they also can improve attention, focus, and comprehension for all students, adding value and improving the quality of your course materials.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, join Automatic Sync Technologies (AST), a university-approved vendor for transcription and captioning services, for a 30-minute webinar via Zoom. AST has been providing transcription and captioning services to higher education across the country for over 14 years and offers integration with Mediasite to provide a seamless workflow.

AST also delivers a number of other related accessibility services ranging from real-time CART, to audio description, to translation. During the webinar, K-State account rep Kara Stark will highlight how to get an AST CaptionSync account, how to utilize the master service agreement, and how to use the various services AST offers. An opportunity for Q&A will follow.

Join the webinar using the Zoom meeting information below:

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Video captioning and transcription webinar Dec. 4

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Do you use online video in your courses? If so, this webinar is for you. Closed captions not only help make your video accessible to those with disabilities, but they also can improve attention, focus and comprehension for all students, adding value and improving the quality of your course materials.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, join cielo24, a university-approved vendor for transcription and captioning services, for a 45-minute webinar that will highlight the advantages of video captions and how you can use their tools and services to add captions to your videos, including their integration with K-State’s Mediasite video platform. The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A, so bring your questions! Registration is required.

K-State Online: Spring 2019 courses have been created

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The Automatic Course Creation for spring 2019 is now complete. Course shells (with the exception of 900-level courses) have been created in K-State Online. Student rosters will automatically be kept in sync with KSIS, with student drop/adds happening in near real-time. Changes to the course in KSIS will be reflected in the K-State Online course. To have a 900-level course created, contact the IT Help Desk.

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Closed Captions benefit all K-State students

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Closed Captions are beneficial for hearing-impaired students, but did you know that Closed Captions are beneficial for all students? More than 80% of students who utilize closed captioning do not have a hearing disability.*

Students use closed captioning for many reasons including:

  • Improved focus — Some students prefer to view instructional videos with Closed Captions on to help them focus on the content.
  • Retention and recall — Growing research indicates that watching videos with Closed Captions on, increases students’ scores on assessments.
  • Poor audio quality — Closed Captions help when the audio quality is poor and the sound is not loud enough.
  • Second language — Many international students use Closed Captions as a tool to assist in language comprehension and for study review.
  • Speaker clarity — Instructors with thick accents are easier to understand through Closed Captions.
  • Loud and/or quiet environments — When students are in an environment where they cannot turn their speakers on or wear headphones, Closed Captions are a great option.

Instructors who are using Mediasite within K-State Online already have the ability to add Closed Captions to their videos with just a couple of clicks. View the Adding Closed-Captioning guide for step-by-step instructions on uploading your files to Mediasite in K-State Online.

Kansas State University has a contract with third-party vendor Caption Sync who will transcribe your instructional videos for a set fee.

To learn more about recording your lectures with Mediasite and adding Closed Captions, view K-State’s Mediasite website.

If you have questions about how to accommodate a specific student, contact the Student Access Center.

Captions and transcripts should accompany audio and video used to deliver course content to meet the university’s legal requirement to provide equal educational opportunities for all.

*Gernsbacher, M.A. (2015). Video captions benefit everyone. Policy insights from the behavioral and brain sciences. 2(1). 195-202

UDOIT is now available in K-State Online

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The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool (pronounced “You Do It”) allows faculty to identify accessibility issues in K-State Online courses. UDOIT will scan a course, generate a report, and provide resources on how to address common accessibility issues specific to the Canvas environment. Continue reading “UDOIT is now available in K-State Online”

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” March 18

“Exploring Advanced Features of Qualtrics” is scheduled 1:30–3:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, in 301A Hale Library. All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

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Closed-captioning available in K-State Online

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During the Spring 2016 Campus Open Forum with President Kirk Schulz on February 11, a question was asked about who faculty should contact for assistance meeting accessibility requirements. Ensuring accessibility of course lectures to all students is a high priority. Continue reading “Closed-captioning available in K-State Online”

Do you want to make your digital content accessible to all?

Attend the virtual accessible media, web, and technology conference that is being live-streamed starting today. This conference will give you a basic understanding of accessibility and offer specific strategies and information to help you do your part to implement accessible technology throughout the university.

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Checkout the conference agenda. Only sessions from Track A will be streamed. Attend as many sessions as you like (come and go); no registration required. Note the conference agenda is in Mountain Time, which is one hour behind Central Time (8 a.m. session MT = 9 a.m. CT).  The sessions below are listed in Central Time.

Today’s room locations are:

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. sessions are in 401B Hale Library
  • 4-5:30 p.m. sessions are in 301A Hale Library

The Nov. 19-20 sessions will be in 301A Hale Library.

Virtual accessible media, web, technology conference begins Wednesday

Attend the virtual accessible media, web, technology conference that will be live-streamed Wednesday through Friday in Hale Library. You can learn how to do your part in making digital content accessible to all.

Checkout the conference agenda. Only sessions from Track A will be streamed. Attend as many sessions as you like; no registration required.

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Accessible media, web, technology conference to be videostreamed Nov.18-20

Curb-cuts and elevators are behind us. Digital accessibility is upon us. This is evident in the ever increasing number of complaints and lawsuits against higher education institutions regarding this topic.  This timely virtual conference (come and go) will give you a basic understanding of accessibility and offer specific strategies and information to help you do your part to implement accessible technology throughout the university.

K-Staters are welcome to attend the free, live-streamed sessions of the Accessing Higher Ground – Accessible Media, Web and Technology Conference, Nov. 18-20See the virtual agenda for information about each session. Only sessions from Track A will be streamed.  Attend as many sessions as you like; no registration required.  Continue reading “Accessible media, web, technology conference to be videostreamed Nov.18-20”