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Are Automatic Transcriptions Good Enough for Accessibility?

November 27, 2019 @ 00:00

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In this webinar Dr Tharindu Liyanagunawardena will talk about her research, Automatic Transcription Software: Good Enough for Accessibility? A case study from built environment education, which was awarded the Best Research Paper Award at the 28th EDEN annual conference, Bruges, Belgium 16-19 June 2019.

The increasing use of multimedia in learning resources in higher education poses a challenge for learners with hearing disabilities, unless these are accompanied by transcripts or captions. Accessibility has gained centre stage in the UK recently with The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018, enforcement of EU directive on accessibility becoming the law.

This paper reports on a small study where six Automatic Transcription Software (ATS) were analysed for their accuracy. If you are interested in accessibility, practical uses of available technologies and how they make a difference to students’ learning this will be a useful session for you.

Questions to consider

  • How effective are current ATS providers?
  • Could transcripts have other benefits for students?
  • Are we considering ‘accessibility’ broadly enough?

You will meet

Tharindu Liyanagunawardena

Learning Technology Researcher and the Chair of the Online Learning Research Centre at the University College of Estate Management, United Kingdom. Tharindu’s principal research interests lie in the area of social implications of information and communication technologies, especially eLearning.

Twitter: @Tharindu__


Wendy Chowne

Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Programmes Director for The London Institute of Banking & Finance, United Kingdom.  With a keen interest in the student experience and quality of teaching and learning Wendy is delighted to be able to consider the impact of Tharindu’s research in more depth.  She is a member of the EDEN NAP Steering committee.

Twitter: @WendyChowne1


Alastair Creelman

E-learning specialist at Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. He is involved in several national and international projects and organisations in the field of e-learning, including the MOONLITE project. He is an EDEN fellow and member of the EDEN NAP Steering Committee.

Twitter: @alacre

Blog: Corridor of uncertainty – reflections on technology and education


November 27, 2019
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Wednesday, November 27 2019, 15:30 CET
EDEN NAP webinar