‘Accessible’ means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally inclusive manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
Users can access VoiceThread in either Standard or Universal mode on the VoiceThread website and from within Desire2Learn. Universal mode is recommended by VoiceThread for screen reader users. Universal mode can be accessed by navigating directly to voicethread.colorado.edu/u.
The following issues have been noted in VoiceThread when accessed with a screen reader:
If you have a student using assistive technology in a course in which you utilize VoiceThread, please familiarize yourself with the limitations listed above for the particular type of assistive technology they use. If you have a student using a screen reader in your course, for example, they may encounter trouble in adding voice comments. Please also review the “Information for Content Creators” section below for details on creating accessible video content in VoiceThread.
Follow general video accessibility guidelines in creating video content for VoiceThread, such as narrating any visuals that appear in your video. For example, don’t use vague language like “This over here indicates…”. Instead, describe what you are referencing, like “This graph shows increasing purchases over time, which indicates…”. Recommend these practices to your students if they leave video comments as well.
If you have a student with a captioning accommodation in your course, please contact the captioning service to discuss how to proceed with captioning your VoiceThread content.
To make the VoiceThreads you create accessible, consider adding closed captioning and describing the visual content of each slide. Below is a list of help articles that explain how to accomplish each task.
Please also reference OIT’s guidelines for creating accessible videos for additional recommendations.
VoiceThread recently switched to an HTML5 video player, and is in the process of remediating its platform for accessibility. For questions about the status of specific issues, please contact OIT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-735-4357.
VoiceThread Accessibility Whitepaper: includes VoiceThread’s VPAT, which explains VoiceThread’s 508 compliancy. For more information about the accessibility of VoiceThread, visit the VoiceThread accessibility website.
OIT has partnered with Disability Services to provide assistance for accessibility issues related to OIT supported services and we want to hear from you about this service. If you need assistance using this service or you have more information about the accessibility of this service that we should share with others, please contact the IT Service Center at email@example.com or at 303-735-4357 (5-HELP from an on-campus phone).