Accessibility Considerations In Online Training: Why Organizations Should Create All-Inclusive Experiences

Advances in technology have played a big role in driving inclusion. New apps and services, combined with cutting-edge assistive technology, allows accommodations that might never be in place otherwise. Today it is easier than ever for trainers to automate and adapt universal design principles into all learning deliverables—face-to-face as well as virtual.

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How To Transition To Online Learning And Take A Unified Approach

The remote learning industry has exploded in the last five years. But how do you make the most of eLearning opportunities for your team? Discover how to transition to online learning and take a unified approach.

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Creating Accessible Videos At Ease: From 508 And ADA To Video Transcription, Captioning And Beyond

Inclusion is the essential for modern eLearning experiences. But how do you make the most of video transcription and captioning to meet compliance requirements and boost engagement?

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The Top 6 Benefits Of Closed Captioning eLearning Courses

The Benefits Of Closed Captioning eLearning Courses

Closed captioning eLearning courses may require more resources, but they may be worth the investment, thanks to the many benefits they offer. If you’re on the fence about whether closed captioning eLearning is going to be a worthwhile endeavor, especially if you want to get your eLearning course launched as soon as possible, have a look at these notable advantages of closed captioning eLearning courses.

  1. It offers greater accessibility.
    Closed captioning will allow not only the deaf and/or hard of hearing learners to access your eLearning course, but also those who use English as a second language. These learners are able to use the captions to fill in the comprehension gaps they may have from listening to the eLearning course audio. In addition, individuals who may have special learning needs can benefit from closed captions, as closed captions enable them to view text that corresponds with what they hear, in order to improve their understanding of the subject matter. Therefore, closed captioning eLearning courses can appeal a much wider eLearning audience, making it more accessible to those who may not have had the opportunity to participate in the eLearning experience otherwise.
  2. It appeals to a broader range of learning needs.
    Rather than just having audio present the subject matter, closed captioning eLearning courses add that all-important visual element. This means that they appeal to a broader range of learning needs. Those who may get better results with visual or text-based eLearning materials, for example, are now able to fully comprehend the ideas and concepts, rather than having to struggle through an audio-only eLearning course. They are able to read and listen to every presentation, making it a more complete and effective eLearning experience. As eLearning professionals, our primary goal is to create eLearning courses that give the same educational opportunity to each member of our audience. By closed captioning your eLearning course, you gain the ability to reach as many learners as possible, even those who may not necessarily respond well to audio-based multimedia components.
  3. It boosts knowledge retention.
    When your learners are able to hear and read your eLearning course content, the information you are providing is more likely to end up in their long term memory banks. Rather than just hearing the content, they have the opportunity to boost their knowledge retention and comprehension. For example, if a learner is listening to an audio presentation, but he/she isn’t quite sure what a particular word means, it may be difficult to look up that specific term. On the other hand, if the word is spelled out right on the screen, then he/she will be aware of exactly how to spell it and he/she can then search for it online in order fully understand its definition. Learners are also more likely to better remember the eLearning content itself, thanks to the fact that they can see a visual representation of it. This means that they will get more out of the eLearning experience and they will be able to recall the information at a later time, such as on the job or in the real world when they really need it.
  4. It meets with compliance standards.
    If you are planning on uploading any of your eLearning materials to platforms like iTunes Store or Amazon Instant Video, then closed captioning is necessary in order to meet compliance standards. In 2012 The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund won a lawsuit that was filed against Netflix. As a result of this, anyone who submits content to these platforms will now have to include captions for their viewers. If you don’t comply with this regulation you may be subject to fines or other penalties.
  5. It increases the visibility of your eLearning course.
    Due to the fact that closed captioning eLearning produces text for your eLearning course, it can also improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and boost your eLearning course sales. Therefore, not only are you more likely to increase your online visibility and reach a wider audience, but those who do participate in your eLearning course are probably going to be so satisfied with their eLearning experience that they spread the word via social media and come back for additional eLearning courses themselves. In essence, closed captioning eLearning courses stand out among the countless other eLearning courses that are currently online, so that learners who can truly benefit from them are able to easily find them.
  6. It enables your eLearning course to be accessed anytime, anywhere.
    With mobile device usage on the rise, more and more learners are now accessing eLearning courses on their phones and tablets. As such, if you offer closed captioning eLearning course, your audience has the chance to participate anytime, anywhere, even if they are in a noisy or crowded environment. Rather than having to wait until they get home to benefit from the eLearning material your are offering, they can tune in whenever it’s most convenient for them. This is particularly essential because learners want on-demand learning. They are more likely to access and become active participants in your eLearning course if they can fit it into their busy schedules. Closed captioning eLearning makes this possible. If most members of your audience are in the middle of a chaotic office or riding on the bus, they can still get a comprehensive eLearning experience.

All in all, closed captioning eLearning courses offer a wide range of benefits for both eLearning professionals and their audiences. Think about closed captioning your next eLearning course to provide your learners with a more effective and powerful eLearning experience.

If you’re interested in tips on how to add closed captioning in your eLearning courses, check out the article 6 Tips For Closed Captioning eLearning Courses for top tips that will take the headache out of your closed captioning eLearning course development.

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Top 7 Tips For Effective eLearning Course Subtitling

Effective eLearning Course Subtitling Tips For eLearning Professionals

Hard of hearing learners and those who may be learning English as their second language are just some of the learners who will benefit from eLearning course subtitling. By adding subtitles to your eLearning deliverable, you have the power to make it more informative and engaging for all of your learners, such as those who want to view it on a mobile device or may need text to boost their knowledge absorption. Adding subtitles can even help you localize your eLearning course, so that you can branch out to international markets. Here are a variety of tips for effective eLearning course subtitling.

  1. It’s all about placement.
    As the saying goes- there’s a place for everything and everything in it’s place. This rule also applies to eLearning subtitles. The general rule stipulates that subtitles should be placed low on the screen and centered, so that the learners can read along with the text, but at the same time they don’t distract those who aren’t fond of subtitles. Also, you should not place the text too close to the edge or bottom of the screen, as it may get cut off, depending upon the resolution, screen size, etc.
  2. Keep it short and legible.
    It may be tempting to get creative when it comes to the placement of your subtitles on the screen. You may even get the urge to use fonts that are elegant and innovative, believing that it will enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of your eLearning course. However, it usually does the exact opposite. Try to keep your subtitling as legible as possible, so that the learners can actually benefit from them. Use a large font, preferably one from the sans-serif font family, and keep it two lines of text or less. Ideally, you’ll want to include as little subtitle text as possible, to avoid overloading your learners. They can only read and digest small bits at a time, so keep that in mind when you’re creating your eLearning course subtitles. If needed, you can up it to 3 lines. However, if you do this, try to keep it on the screen for a longer span of time.
  3. Add labels to avoid confusion.
    If you are dealing with multiple characters or narrators, then you may want to consider adding labels to your subtitles in order to help the learners differentiate between them. Also, if the narrator is not on screen, as is the case in most eLearning courses, then you may want to place a label on the first screen of subtitling, just to make things clear for your learners.
  4. Minor rewrites may be necessary.
    If you are localizing your eLearning course and you are including translated subtitles, remember that the text may take up more room than the English version. For example, a Spanish translation may be about 20% longer than the original English one. In this case, you’ll probably need to either speed up the text, which may take away from the effectiveness of the eLearning course, or rewrite the text slightly, so that you can make room. For this, you may want to enlist the aid of the subject matter expert, who can let you know what absolutely needs to stay in and what can be omitted.
  5. Slow and steady wins the race.
    When it comes to eLearning course subtitling, it’s all about achieving a balance between slow and steady. You’ll want to go slow enough, so that your learners can actually read them without having to rush, but also keep it at a constant flow, so that they don’t get bored with the subject matter. If you find that you have to rush your subtitles to keep up with the text or visuals, then you may want to think about cycling the screens more slowly in order to show the subtitles at a more digestible pace.
  6. Contrast is key.
    Try to make your font white, and place it on a dark, solid color background if at all possible. Ideally, you’ll want to place the text in a box rather than placing it directly over the content, just in case you have a screen or two that may blend with the color of the text. However, there is a caveat to this- don’t make the box so obtrusive that it draws attention away from the subject matter. Only leave a narrow margin between the text and the edge of the box, so that you get contrast without the captions becoming a hindrance.
  7. Always give it a test run.
    Ultimately, you’ll want to test the eLearning course as you go along, to ensure that the subtitles are running in sync with the text and the other elements. Make a point to stop every two or three screens to see how everything is flowing, and then at the end of the subtitling process review and proofread the entire eLearning course at least once to make sure that everything matches up. You wouldn’t want to launch the eLearning course only to discover that the video or visuals are completely out of sync with the subtitles you just spent hours creating.

Subtitling can be a powerful tool when used effectively. Keep these tips for effective eLearning course subtitling in order to integrate captions that help, rather than hinder, the overall eLearning experience.

In addition, adding closed captioning to your eLearning course may be a good investment of both time and resources, but it also enables you to bring all of the benefits your eLearning courses offer to the deaf and/or hard of hearing learners. In the article 6 Tips For Closed Captioning eLearning Courses you will find how to add closed captioning to your eLearning courses.

Last but not least, subtitling is one of the most effective and cost efficient ways to localize your eLearning. The article eLearning Localization Benefits and Tips highlights the benefits of eLearning localization and offers tips to make the eLearning localization process less stressful, more effective, and more profitable.

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6 Tips For Closed Captioning eLearning Courses

Closed Captioning eLearning Courses Tips

Closed captioning eLearning courses gives you the power to deliver effective and meaningful learning experiences to deaf and/or hard of hearing learners. As such, you can provide them with the same skill set development and knowledge base expansion that other members of your learning audience receive, which will allow them to achieve their learning goals without being excluded. Here is a guide that can help you in successfully closed captioning eLearning courses, and gain a step towards creating Section 508 compliant eLearning courses.

  1. Determine if you need Closed or Open Captions.
    There are essentially two types of captions you can use, and you’ll need to determine which is ideal for your eLearning course beforehand. Closed captions are on a different track than the video or eLearning course itself: the learner can turn them on or off, depending upon their personal preference, as the captions are not embedded into the design. Open captions, on the other hand, are embedded directly into the course. They are permanent and the user is unable to turn them off. This type of captions is ideal for eLearning courses that are specifically designed for the hearing impaired, or if your eLearning course narrative may be difficult to understand (in the case of a poor recording or if it is in an entirely different language). To avoid this in the future, check out 6 Tips For Producing Good Quality Audio Narrations.
  2. Budget plenty of time.
    A one hour video or eLearning course usually takes anywhere from 8 to 10 hours to caption. You’ll want to keep this in mind when you’re developing your budget estimate and when estimating your eLearning Course Development Time. If your eLearning course is narrative-heavy or you have a great deal of audio-based scenarios or simulations, then this time estimate might be even longer.
  3. Outsource your course captions.
    There are times when closed captioning eLearning courses yourself might save you a significant amount of money and time. However, there are other situations where hiring a captioning professional might be the ideal alternative. If you do choose to outsource your closed captioned eLearning course, then you’ll want to provide the company or eLearning freelancer with all of the necessary information when asking for a quote. After all, you don’t want to hire them for the job, only to discover that they are going to charge you twice as much, simply because you omitted certain details about your eLearning project. In your quote request, mention the length of the eLearning course, the elements included (such as scenarios and videos), and the deadline you have in mind, as well as the language of the eLearning course.
  4. Create a detailed script with time markers.
    It’s always a good idea to create a detailed outline or transcript for your closed captioned eLearning course that includes time markers or codes. Especially if you are doing in-house captioning, this ensures that all of the audio has been transcribed, and that all of the dialogue is completely accurate and in-time with the original eLearning course narration and/or visuals being displayed. If you are planning on outsourcing the captioning task, then creating a detailed script will allow you to cut down on costs, given that the professional won’t have to spend time working out the timing on their own.
  5. Use speech-to-text tools.
    There are a variety of tools online that you can use to convert your eLearning course speech to text. For example, Google Voice can be used for single-speaker narratives or audio in closed captioning eLearning courses. The only drawback to this is that it needs to be done in a quiet environment, as the speech-to-text tool can pick up on background noises which can compromise the quality of your captions. Also, terminology that may be more difficult to pronounce often gets “lost in translation” when the tool is creating your captions. Subtitling your eLearning course can be a great solution when localizing your eLearning course, as it allows learners to more effectively absorb information (even if it what is being spoken may be in a foreign language).
  6. Upload your presentation to YouTube for quick and convenient captioning.
    Thanks to modern technology, you can effectively use YouTube in eLearning, since closed captioning eLearning courses can be created within a matter of minutes by using video sharing sites, such as YouTube. Simply upload your video to YouTube and turn on the captions. The site has a built-in auto caption that will almost immediately display captions for your video in eLearning. The only thing you’ll want to remember is that you may need to edit the captions that have been created, as there might be transcription errors. To do this, just use the YouTube caption editor by clicking the “CC” button under your video (in the editing toolbar) and then select your desired language in the drop down menu. A gray button will appear with the language you’ve chosen, and once you click that button you can review and edit your caption track. You can also embed the YouTube video into your eLearning course to seamlessly integrate it into the overall learning experience for your users.

By closed captioning eLearning courses, you offer a wide range of advantages for the hearing impaired. Despite the fact that there may be a fair bit of work involved, it’s will be well worth it when all members of your learning audience can benefit from your  eLearning course. Just use these closed captioning eLearning tips to make the process less stressful and time consuming.

In addition, I highly encourage you to read the article Creating Section 508 compliant eLearning Solutions that features techniques and steps to develop 508 Compliant eLearning Courses.

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