Making sure assessment video and audio are accessible to participants

Posted by Noel Thethy

One of the benefits of an assessment management system like Questionmark’s is its ability to include rich and interactive media within questions. But how do you cope with this content to ensure it is accessible to those with needs?

Video and audio content

When including this type of content in questions, you should provide alternative means for consuming the information. It is important to provide equivalents for users who cannot see or hear.

Captions should be added for video and audio information detailing all the spoken content — and for videos any important non-spoken information. You can include a transcript in several different ways, including:

  • Adding the transcript in the questions stimulus
  • Adding a link to the transcript from the question
  • Embedding closed captions in the video or audio
  • Using the scenario/case question format to display the transcript in parallel with the question multimedia (as shown below)

Rich media content

If you are using any rich media content like Flash or Captivate, be sure to follow the Adobe Accessibility guidelines. This will ensure that the content (which can be interactive) has been created with the necessary attention to the available accessibility features and designs.

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