As part of our drive to improve the accessibility of our learning materials this year, we have been captioning videos with Amara and also sourcing videos on Box of Broadcasts, which are invariably already captioned (though sometimes poorly it has to be admitted).  Occasionally we outsource captioning to an external company  and recently they got in […]

I recently asked the following question on the ALT list on JISCMail. I  haven’t looked at this for a while (not since PhotoStory 3!) and I know there are a million and one pages about Digital Storytelling out there on the web, but can anyone recommend tools suitable for undergrads to produce 5 – 10 […]

We are going to have a push next semester at making our Moodle courses more accessible. One of the ways we intend doing this is for each discipline to look at two of their Moodle courses and assess them for accessibility against a checklist the e-learning department will supply. We wanted to provide staff with an […]

We were interested to know whether we could use our Qwizdom audience response handsets for students to input their answers to paper-based multiple choice tests that were given in examination halls.  The impetus for this was to have the papers marked both quickly and by machine. We produced an exam that included a number of […]

This post is an adaptation of a newsletter I produced for internal consumption at my university. The original had more information that related to the licences and set up we have on campus. However, this stripped down version may be of use to others so I am posting it here.  Many thanks to colleagues on […]

Although Christmas does not mark the end of a semester, it feels like semester one is drawing to an end and although our trial of the Panopto lecture capture system is to run for the whole academic year, I will need to report on progress at the end of this semester as that is when […]

This is a follow up post. I said in the previous post that what we had learnt from recording the first round of student presentations meant that we would make the following changes: Use a separate mic. Keep the room lights on. Make one long recording and chop it up later so academics do not […]

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