As Fresno State, we have the full stack of AWS skills to support the campus computing needs as well as the opportunity of reinvesting the upgraded technology capability to contribute in Digital Transformation momentum of Central Valley at large.
Accessible Instructional Video Content Streaming is a collaborative project of two groups in the Technology Services organization (the Hub for Innovation, Research, and Development; and Academic Technology), and faculty research partners. Together we are discovering and adopting emerging innovations for advancements in education with Cloud technology and Artificial Intelligence.
Captioning isn’t just a good idea, it’s required! Also, the benefits of captioning go beyond accessibility. Katie Linder of Oregon State University says “about 75% of student qualitative comments that talked specifically about learning benefits“ (“The State of Closed Captioning in Higher Education”). Currently, Academic Technology captions a limited number of instructional video presentations without charge to faculty through funding by Academic Affairs. We believe that Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology is potentially a cost effective approach of producing transcriptions with acceptable accuracy.
This project is to develop and implement an on-demand digital repository with Amazon CloudFront to deliver instructional video content in HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) Mobile-ready format; and, with Amazon Transcribe — an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service, to add speech to text capability for Accessibility — Closed Captioning. Other AWS Cloud services will also be adopted, i.e. S3 for video storage and Amazon Glacier for archiving. There will also be a front end UI for faculty to upload and manage videos and a dashboard for viewing statistics.
This project aligns closely with the Cloud Infrastructure Readiness effort at Fresno State.