[Athen] Adding recording functionality for visually impaired students

Jiatyan Chen jiatyan at stanford.edu
Wed Jan 27 13:23:42 PST 2016


Depending on your Moodle instance, embedding a media might be a switch the Moodle admin has to turn on. Googling, I found instructions on how to insert media using the Moodle HTML editor. e.g. https://www.it.umass.edu/support/moodle/post-a-forum-moodle#Add Video to a Forum Post<https://www.it.umass.edu/support/moodle/post-a-forum-moodle#Add%20Video%20to%20a%20Forum%20Post>

I'll add a follow-up question. Assuming that this is a class discussion, if the student posts an audio response, who is taking care of producing the transcript?

Jiatyan Chen
Online Accessibility Program Manager
Stanford University

On 2016 Jan 27, at 06:00, Adam Lipkin <alipkin at brandeis.edu<mailto:alipkin at brandeis.edu>> wrote:

Hi, folks --

I'm looking for some guidance based on a request from our school's distance learning program:

They have a visually impaired distance learning student, and the school has asked that we accommodate them by adding the ability for the student to record her responses via audio on the discussion boards in Moodle.

I've got a few concerns about this as a reasonable accommodation, but want to make sure that I'm treating this fairly.

First. the discussion boards in Moodle use a standard text interface, so if the students is already able to enter text, they should be able to do so here. Has anyone heard of situations in which text entry for visually impaired students has been an issue (particularly in DL courses), and if audio was the accommodation?

Second, adding new functionality to Moodle is not a simple or easy thing, and requires a reasonable large amount of time and resources to test and ensure that the features don't break other elements (it's not impossible, but since all courses here use the system, adding or changing new functionality mid-semester affects the entire campus). So asking us to do it mid-semester isn't a "reasonable" accommodation unless there's a demonstrated burden.

I've also asked if just using a recording tool locally and uploading the MP3 file to the forum would work, but they seem reluctant.

Have you heard of any situation similar to this? Anyone have any good advice or guidance (or examples of how this has been dealt with elsewhere) here?



Adam Lipkin
Associate Director for Academic Technology
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Brandeis University Library and Technology Services
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