I have previously worked as an Assistive Technology trainer in HE and Learning Technology technician in FE, both roles that had accessibility as a high priority.
Since working as an Instructional Designer for an online university this has no longer been at the forefront of my day to day tasks. That is until now.
We have a deaf student who has highlighted the fact that the lecturecasts (presentations) we produce in Articulate Storyline are not accessible to those with a hearing impediment. This has caused us to re-evaluate the way we work with our SMEs and the methods we use to produce content.
Previously our SMEs would provide us with a basic PowerPoint presentation and accompanying audio which I would then build together within Storyline. However, the closest option to a transcript would be using the ‘notes’ function and hope that the SME had included a script in their PowerPoint. This is a very clunky option and so I need to change my ways. From now on, I will be creating the animated content separately so that this can be uploaded to YouTube and closed captions can be automatically generated (and consequently edited.) This can then be embedded into the storyline package to allow us to intersperse animated video with interactive elements such as tabs and quizzes.
This exercise has been an important one in making sure that our materials are accessible by all of our students and a challenge for me to work in new ways.