Toronto, Ontario – September 21, 2017 – Humber College has launched an open source and accessible online course designed to teach broadcast content creators how to make their media inclusive and accessible.

The six-module course, Making Accessible Media: Accessible Design in Broadcast Media, covers topics including universal and inclusive design, live and closed captioning, transcription, described video, alternative text, how to make documents and presentations accessible, and considers the representation of disability in broadcast media.

It is available for free at http://www.humber.ca/makingaccessiblemedia/, and will also be offered to all students and faculty in the college’s School of Media Studies and Information Technology.

“Accessibility is a vital component of broadcast media,” says Guillermo Acosta, Dean of the School of Media Studies and Information Technology. “Our students will have the opportunity both to solve existing inclusivity problems and to include accessibility features from the first moment of creation.”

Working with a $130,900 grant from the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, a team of Humber professors and developers, collaborating with internal and external advisors, designed the online course, which incorporates features such as a built-in screen reader, text magnifier, captioned video, downloadable transcripts and ASL translations for original videos. The accessibility tools used in this course are now being incorporated into upcoming online courses at Humber as well.

“Students will learn that accessibility is not just optional add-on but an integral component of their work in media. As they enter the work environment, they will already be trained to create fully accessible broadcast media,” says Anne Zbitnew, the project lead. “The team behind this project seeks to nurture a culture of learning where students become change agents in understanding and promoting the value of fully accessible broadcast content.”

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 31,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.

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