Friday, April 2, 2010

LabSim Closed Captioning Makes Training More Accessible

Network World’s Linda Musthaler wrote today about LabSim and the significance of accessible IT training materials—resources that meet students’ specific learning needs. Technologies that accommodate different needs allow students with disabilities to pursue their interests and develop their strengths in the IT field.

Musthaler highlights LabSim’s closed captioning as an example of an accessible IT training material. The closed captioning in LabSim makes it possible to learn the entirety of information taught in LabSim’s videos, simulations, and guided demonstrations, whether a person can hear or not. LabSim’s flexible closed captioning can be turned on and off or sped up and down as needed.

Steve Shumko, a deaf student at Tooele Applied Technology College in Tooele, Utah, struggled in his IT training at first because an accessible training resource wasn’t available, but now he successfully trains with LabSim. Musthaler writes:

"Although Shumko took courses to prepare for the A+ certification exam, he failed the exam the first time. He attributes that failure to video courseware that wasn't accessible; Shumko couldn't hear the lessons being presented and missed many of the major concepts that were only presented via video.

Then the college invested in accessible training materials from TestOut. Shumko retook the training and had a much better experience because the video is closed captioned and comes with a complete textual transcript for easy reading. The courseware also includes simulated labs using software called LabSim. Instructor [Jay] Olson says having LabSim in the classroom is like having an instructor talking to the students, connecting the hands-on work to the video and book materials. Using the TestOut courseware, Shumko passed his A+ certification exam and is on track to earn his Network+ certification soon."

Shumko is one of many students who has been able to move forward with his career plans because of accessible training materials. Do you have a need for closed captioned training in your IT classroom? Contact TestOut to learn how our training courses can support your students.

Emily Howard, TestOut

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for adding captions! I used to skip the videos entirely -- even the diagrams make little sense when a student can't hear the words behind them.