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Multimedia accessibility for learning

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Nick Freear
3 September 2009

The Open University like many educators uses video and multimedia in their course materials, and through an online presence on sites like YouTube ( and iTunesU ( In the UK and across the world, educational bodies and others have a legal obligation to meet the needs of disabled people. Based on international standards (WCAG 2.0) this is widely interpreted as including the provision of captions for the hard of hearing and where appropriate audio description for the visually impaired. The OU has had some success - 95% of OU iTunesU podcasts have transcripts. However, coverage here and in the wider community is patchy in the case of captioning/transcription and minimal in the case of audio description.

This cloudscape is a place where you can suggest ideas, comment and let us know what you need.

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