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Re: Captioning and describing video for distance learning

From: geoff freed <geoff_freed@wgbh.org>
Date: 06 Aug 2001 10:05:14 -0400
Message-ID: <-1215030184geoff_freed@wgbh.org>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Jeff Hiles <jeffrey.hiles@wright.edu>, <w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org>
Hi, Jeff:

NCAM, based at WGBH, is currently working with MIT to make an on-line physics course accessible to blind, visually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing users.  The on-line course is called PIVoT (Physics Interactive Video Tutor) and contains hundreds of multimedia clips.  You can read about the project at


Read all the information here first and take a look at the multimedia clips, then visit the MIT PIVoT Web site at


MIT students are are writing all the captions and descriptions using MAGpie.  You can download your own free copy of the software from


Let me know if you have further questions.

Geoff Freed
Project Manager, Access to PIVoT
CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media
WGBH Educational Foundation

On Monday, August 6, 2001, Jeff Hiles <jeffrey.hiles@wright.edu> wrote:
>Our university faculty often want to use the same videos for their distance
>learning courses that they use in face-to-face classes. Our multimedia
>specialists can convert videos for streaming or CD-ROMs. They can even add
>tracks for captions and audio description. One thing we're trying to figure
>out, though, is how to get the captions and descriptions.
>The things I've read from the Caption Center and from Joe Clark lead me to
>believe that we need skilled professionals to describe and transcribe
>Unfortunately, people here seem to think we should teach students to do
>captions and audio descriptions. Other proposals include not allowing video
>for distance learning courses at all, or only allowing faculty to use videos
>that come captioned and described.
>Does anyone know of schools that have faced this issue squarely and that
>could serve as good examples for how to support accessibility for videos
>used in distance learning classes?
>Jeff Hiles
>Instructional Web Designer
>Center for Teaching and Learning
>Wright State University
>Dayton, Ohio 45435
>(937) 775-3181
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