Accessibility Series: Guidelines for making audio accessible

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This post looks at guidelines for making audio more accessible to students.

These are some general guidelines that can be used for creating and using audio. It makes audio more accessible for all students.

  • Audio can add a personal dimension to a resource which some students find easier to engage with than text based material alone.
  • —Outline what you want to say before recording – this can make it easier to write a transcript after the recording is complete. However, avoid reading from a script as this can often make you sound robotic and less natural.
  • —Check the recording levels before you start recording – this helps to make sure you do not waste your time having to re-record the piece because the recording volume is too low.
  • —Ensure that you are recording in a quiet space where you will not get interrupted – this helps to alleviate background noise, which can make recordings harder to hear.
  • —Pace yourself when talking. This can help you to articulate words making it easier for students to hear and understand what is being said.
  • —Listen back to the recording to check that you can hear it and that words are spoken clearly.
  • —Adapt the outline into a transcript to upload with the audio file.

Another useful resource is the one produced by the UK Association for Accessible Formats this provides guidance on what to think about when creating information in an audio format.

Minimum Standards for Audio

The next post will look at guidelines for making video accessible.

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