Increasing Accessibility with Audio Descriptions

Audio descriptions are an additional audio track that describes what is on the screen, designed to meet the needs of visually impaired users. To better understand audio descriptions, you might find it helpful to know that they’re sometimes called descriptive video. Audio description tracks fill in information that may be missing in the standard audio track, but is displayed to viewers visually. These should be available in a form that can be used with and alongside the video, rather than separately from it. 

A Sample Audio Description

Imagine a video for a history course on 17th century Holland; the screen shows the image of a painting by Vermeer. The standard audio track may offer information relating to the painting, but doesn’t provide a student who cannot see the screen any information about exactly what is on the screen. In this case, the audio track might say, “Aged oil painting of a young woman, with a scarf over her hair, near a window. She is wearing a pearl earring.” Now, the user who cannot see the painting has an idea or point of reference for additional content in the video.

Using Audio Descriptions

Audio description tracks enable the user to toggle between two audio stream; one is the standard audio for the video, while the other is the additional audio description. There are several different ways to make use of audio descriptions in video content.

  • Video creators can opt to include audio descriptions in their main soundtrack. While this can be challenging, it saves any need for an additional track. For instance, an instructor might say, “the screen shows a PowerPoint slide detailing…”. 
  • Audio description tracks can simply be uploaded as a secondary track. This track can include only the essential audio to fill in information the student requires.
  • An audio description track that includes the full lecture content can also be produced and made available as an alternate track. 

YuJa’s HTML5 Media Player supports the use of an audio description file, available through the individual file Accessibility settings. 

Creating Watermarks and Branding for Video Content

YuJa’s integrated Video Editor enables institutions to watermark or brand video content with a school logo or transparent watermark. This is a helpful way to indicate the origins and ownership of publicly shared video content, or to help faculty feel comfortable sharing their own video content online.


Benefits of Branding

Branding your video content connects  your videos to your institution, creating a clear relationship between the two.

  • Your public content may be intended to engage and educate, but it is also an effective marketing tool. Maximize the likelihood of reaching potential students by making sure that your video content includes your name or logo.
  • Protect your copyrights and prevent piracy by branding your course video content.
  • Simplify the process of making content public. With YuJa’s integrated branding, instructors or administrators can brand lecture captures without extensive external editing.

Choosing your Branding Style

YuJa will allow you to upload your branding image into the YuJa Video Editor as a .JPG file or a .PNG file. You can position the image as desired. The image you upload should be the desired finished size.

  • Brand your videos with a horizontal bar-style logo at the top or bottom. Size your image to match your screen resolution.
  • Opt for a corner logo to brand your content. Choose a small image for this to reduce loss of video content.
  • Use a transparent watermark in place of a solid logo. Size watermarks as desired. These can be full-screen size or smaller.

Scalable Media Management for Education

We’d like to introduce YuJa’s new Media Library. The Media Library makes it simple to access video content at three different levels; institutional administrator, instructor and student.

YuJa’s Media Library offers a comprehensive video content management solution, with an intuitive and practical interface, available to instructors and administrators. This is a secure solution for institutions, instructors and students.

All YuJa users will see three simple folders, but what’s inside the folders will vary.

  • The Media Channel contains all media accessible to the user, aligned to courses in the institution’s LMS. Administrators will see media divided into individual group folders for all groups in the institution. Students and instructors will see multiple folders if they are enrolled in or teaching multiple classes, with a folder for each course.  Within individual courses, instructors and administrators can create sub-folders.
  • The Institution Channel allows administrators, instructors and students to access all videos added to the Institution Channel by an administrator or instructor. The Institution Channel is divided into Featured Videos, All Videos and Library. The Library offers a sorted and organized look at all Institution Channel videos. Unlike files in the Media Channel or the User Collection, the Institution Channel is publicly accessible, making it a practical way to share video content. This creates a campus channel, accessible to any visitor, providing a CampusTube experience.
  • User Collections allows the user access to all collections of media files that they are authorized to see. For an administrator, this means they have access to all media content. An instructor has access to all media content associated with the courses they teach. Finally, students have access to their own User Collection containing any media that they have uploaded or shared.
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What Does This Mean for the YuJa User?

  1. Resources can be linked from class to class or group to group. An instructor can easily share or re-use content. Files can be copied from one folder to another, or moved from one folder to another to enable administrators and instructors to easily share course content.
  2. Content in the Institutional Channel is public–you can link or share this content with users without special permissions and it will appear on your CampusTube as part of your institution’s Media Library.
  3. Instructors in different departments or faculty in a single department are easily able to share media content with one another using the Institution folder.
  4. Students can access content from all of their classes in a single, practical interface and can access their own User Collections.
  5. Instructors can conveniently find all user content for students in their courses to review assignments and student work.

How Creating a Connected Classroom Enables Effective Lecture Capture and Course Broadcasting

YuJa’s active learning platform offers a full learning suite to enable the “Connected Classroom” or “Smart Classroom”. The vision of a “Connected Classroom” enables the learning experience to be truly immersive and allows students to engage and participate outside of class-time. For example, with YuJa’s Lecture Capture suite, institutions can capture and preserve course lectures, allowing students to review class lectures and presentations even when they cannot be physically present. Institutions can also implement flipped class structures enabling class time to be used in other ways.

Lecture Capture Hardware Appliance

YuJa supports both software-based and appliance-based lecture capture. For podium computers, typically only the software is required; however for more extensive classroom integration with smartboard, speaker-tracking cameras, and document-cameras, a YuJa appliance may be used.

The student can watch the lecture as it airs live, or watch it later. The display screen includes a presentation pane, with access to lecture capture, screen captures and the smartboard. Below the course display, preview panels are available, making it easy to move forward and back within the lecture capture.

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Classroom Capture & Recording

YuJa’s Connected Classroom is convenient and easy to use for both faculty and students, encouraging active participation in the class and the learning process. The flexible framework offered by YuJa’s lecture capture and the full Connected Classroom make it ideally suited for traditional and online classrooms.

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