Create Accessibility: Making Online Media Accessible for More Learners

Location: Room 302A

Participate and share

[Participate and share : Interactive lecture]

Tuesday, June 27, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: Room 302A

Melissa Oliver  
Creating and sharing online media to demonstrate learning is becoming more and more common. Yet these learning products often fail to include accessible design as part of the creation process. We'll demonstrate how to #CreateAccessibility, starting with captioning, to create more inclusive media accessible to more learners.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Participant accounts, software and other materials: G Suite for Education
Headphones (useful, not required)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Special populations/assistive and adaptive technologies/UDL
ISTE Standards: Students : Creative communicator
Teachers : Model digital age work and learning
Administrators : Digital age learning culture

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how lack of captions or poor quality auto captions interfere with learning and the impact of objectionable content within autocaptions through concrete examples.They will also leave with an understanding of how the display of captions benefit not only D/deaf and Hard of Hearing individual but also our language learners, students with auditory processing disorders, and those with in poor quality environments. Participants will leave with beginning skills on how to caption their content in a variety of different contexts: YouTube andGoogle Drive. Participants will also learn how to add additional accessible features such as alt text to different digital files. The evidence of success is that participants leave with the mindset to #CreateAccessibility by displaying and creating captions.


Introduction (5 minutes)
Introduce my story and why accessible media and captioning is important to me. (I’m hard of hearing with a moderate severe bilateral mixed hearing loss and rely on captioning to provide comprehensible input.)
Provide research on how Captions benefit everyone by improving comprehension, memory, and attention. (

Auto-Caption Fails (5 minutes)
Show snippet of video(s) with autocaption fails that contain objectionable content following a warning to the group that they objectionable content will be displayed.

Captioning in Google Drive (20 minutes)
Start with a transcript. This is good practice for students and teachers. Transcripts provide a great starting point when uploading and editing captions. If no transcript is available, you can transcribe your Google Drive video using Caption Creator for Google Drive. Demo this interface and provide participants the opportunity to practice using this interface with either their own video or sample one I provide. Demo how to upload to Drive

Captioning in YouTube (10 minutes)
Point attendees to online resources and lessons available for captioning support.

More Ways to Create Accessibility (10 minutes
Demonstrate other accessible design features within Google such as Alt Text--how to add and why it is important.
Image Descriptions in Twitter

Closing (5 minutes)
Encourage attendees to share their newly created accessible content via #ISTE17
Encourage attendees to further explore online resources related to creating accessibility.
Provide time for attendees to complete session evaluation

Supporting research



Melissa Oliver, Washington USD

Melissa currently serves as Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento, CA. She has over 15 years of education experience as a general and special educator, along with instructional coaching. Melissa is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Trainer, Educator and Google Apps Certified Administrator, Leading Edge Certified and a National Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Needs.

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