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eLearning Courses & the Coronavirus: How Educators Can Improve Accessibility in the Virtual Classroom

E-Learning Courses & the Coronavirus: How Educators Can Improve Accessibility

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, hurriedly shift to online classes in an attempt to curtail the spread.

免费成人在线视频Institutions are actively working to ensure students and faculty are equipped with the support they need to navigate the crisis. But a monumental change like this in higher education is unprecedented. 

免费成人在线视频It’s led to an onslaught of questions from educators—specifically around web-based accessibility and knowing what steps to take to achieve compliance with both state and federal laws. 

Navigating the laws and migrating online can be a tough switch to flip, so we’ve put together a list of captions, subtitles, transcriptions, and web accessibility resources免费成人在线视频 to facilitate a smooth transition.

Why is eLearning accessibility critical during the coronavirus pandemic?

免费成人在线视频In the best circumstances, deaf and hard-of-hearing students’ access needs are all too often unmet. Under the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, they are at risk of being neglected altogether.

免费成人在线视频Creating inclusive content is a crucial matter of equity and access for over , as well as for and hundreds of thousands of deaf high school students.

免费成人在线视频Inaccessible eLearning also present challenges to hard of hearing students, many of whom are forced to set up shop in jam-packed houses with quarantined family members. 

免费成人在线视频Virtual classroom accessibility means that anyone can get the same message from a lecture, no matter their disability or circumstance due to a pandemic.

What is a virtual classroom?

A virtual classroom is an online learning environment with live classes that allows for live interaction between the tutor and the learners as they are participating in learning activities.

How can closed captions help my students?

The positive benefits of closed captions in virtual classrooms are plentiful. They not only help the deaf and hard-of-hearing students, but also those with cognitive and behavioral disorders, non-native English speakers, and have even been found to improve literacy rates.

They’re also required by law. To ensure you’re achieving full legal compliance, we’ve put together a roadmap to web accessibility here. 

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Different Online Learning Platforms

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Zoom Videos

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Kaltura Videos

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Panopto Videos

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Canvas Videos

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Blackboard Videos

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to JWPlayer Videos

How to Add Captions & Subtitles to Brightcove Videos

How do I order closed captions for my recorded video lectures?

Time is a precious commodity for educators right now. You likely have little-to-no spare time to dedicate to manually captioning every one of your lectures. Finding a workflow that’s swift and a captioning solution that can deliver quickly and accurately is paramount. We recommend using the following steps for educational video conferencing to make the process as seamless as possible:

1. Prepare your audio or video file:

The first step is to have an audio or video file ready. You can record a video lecture on a web conferencing platform like .

2. Upload your file 

Upload your file to a captioning & subtitling service provider like Rev

3. Wait for your captioned files

Depending on service ordered, you should receive captions and subtitles for your videos within 24 hours. 

4. Send to your eLearning platform

You can now upload your SRT generated files from Rev to your eLearning platform. 

How do I add SRT files to videos in online courses & online learning platforms?

Once your educational videos include captions and subtitles, you’ll want to upload the SRT files to your eLearning platform. While each learning management system (LMS) is different, there are some general step-by-step guidelines to follow. 

  1. In your LMS, locate your video file library
  2. Navigate to the closed caption option and hit Upload
  3. Choose the language for the subtitles
  4. Select Save

You’ll repeat this process for each SRT file you add. If you’re hosting your eLearning videos on YouTube免费成人在线视频, adding caption files with Rev is just as simple. Check out the following educational resources for specific guidelines for your preferred LMS. 

  • Educadium
  • Academy Of Mine

How can lecture transcription help students? 

With many students forced to study in environments where distractions provide additional challenges, providing a lecture transcription is an effective way to allow students to read-along with your streaming media.

Learning styles also vary considerably; while some students prefer visual (video) or auditory (audio), others prefer reading a transcript of your lectures. Meet your students where they’re at by equipping them with transcripts and an alternative way to study.

How can I order transcripts of lectures?

免费成人在线视频Similar to creating closed captions, partnering with a professional service such as Rev is a time-saving best practice. Use the following steps to get started:

Step 1: Upload your English audio or video file免费成人在线视频 from either your computer or a URL.

Step 2:免费成人在线视频 The 50,000+ vetted English-speaking (human) experts work to transcribe your file, usually in under 24 and with guaranteed 99% accuracy.

Step 3:免费成人在线视频 You’ll receive your audio transcription in a document that you can easily edit using Rev’s online tools. Once you’re satisfied, you can share it through your class portal, blog, or directly on the video webpage so students can easily follow along while watching or listening. 

If getting funding for closed captions and transcriptions is a challenge, we put together tips on getting financial buy-in from your board

Coronavirus has changed education for the foreseeable future

免费成人在线视频Coronavirus has created an opportunity for eLearning platforms to serve the masses — and we’re hopeful that the circumstances will lead to greater access for all students moving forward.

免费成人在线视频At Rev, we want to be a helpful resource in these challenging times. Our caption and transcription services are flexible enough to accommodate your changing needs in the context of the pandemic.

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