[Athen] Deaf student in course using VoiceThread

Nazely Kurkjian kurkjian at binghamton.edu
Fri Dec 18 13:25:57 PST 2015

Good afternoon & apologies for the cross-post~

A student who is deaf is enrolled in a graduate level Managing Information
and Technology course and they use VoiceThread to facilitate online
discussions. Students may choose to participate using video, audio only, or
text only. The professor intends to provide feedback to the students using

The student knows ASL, but what I'm concerned about is how we're going to
make the* other *students responses accessible in a timely and equitable
manner. I don't believe any of the other students know ASL, and if they
choose to create video or audio discussion, I'm not sure how to go about
providing access.

Apparently, you can add captions to VoiceThread files
<https://voicethread.com/howto/closed-captioning/>, but is this something
we should ask the students (in the class) to provide or should our office
provide it as soon as possible after something has been posted? I'm talking
to the professor on Tuesday, so maybe that will give me a better idea on
the expected student response turnaround time.

I sincerely appreciate any advice or recommendations.

Thank you,


*Nazely Kurkjian*
*"Shame on us... If we let the wonders of educational technology and
broadband internet lead to more inequality as opposed to less"*

Adaptive Technology Specialist
Services for Students with Disabilities - UU 119
Binghamton University
Phone: 607-777-2686
Email: kurkjian at binghamton.edu
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