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Adapting Video for VI Learners

Video and learning

Extending existing video materials

Please note, much of the original extending video materials section has been removed because its focus was on VHS materials, which are now being used far less in the classroom. We have put in a link to a recent CPD course which covers using your computer to add subtitles and audio files to video using Textation. Further resources will come online as they are available.

If, as teachers, you only have one VI student on your course, or if the course itself is a one-off, you will have little incentive to do anything but the most basic modification to your resources. On the other hand if the course is a regular one you are likely to get repeated take-up by students with visual problems - especially if the word gets out that you are paying attention to their needs by tailoring courses and materials. Of course, if your school or college has a special commitment to VI students, you will have a much clearer reason to spend your time and energies in adapting material (and you will find it easier to argue for the resources).

Another way you can improve your supplementary notes is to provide annotated still shots of critical sections.

A supplementary audio commentary can be added specifically for your VI students - that is, to add audio subtitling.

You might also consider text subtitling. This is perhaps not so useful a technique for learners with a single disability (certainly our small sample of students didn't like what they saw, but that may have been because the subtitles weren't made with them in mind). You might consider it for multiple disabilities, or to add cues to critical passages, somewhat as an alternative to index marking.