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.