DIAGRAM’S Newest Webinar: Introduction to Accessible PEEP
On May 9, DIAGRAM debuted the new web portal on the DIAGRAM website, Accessible PEEP and the Big Wide World via a webinar that had almost 400 registrants. The webinar, called “Introduction to Accessible PEEP” was hosted by DIAGRAM and presented by Bryan Gould, Director for Accessible Learning and Assessment Technologies at WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM). Bryan has also been one of the key people involved in the Accessible PEEP project and a long-time member of the DIAGRAM community. Bryan walked participants through Accessible PEEP which is aimed towards early learners aged 3-5 and provides accessible videos, games, and teaching resources from WGBH’s animated series, “PEEP and the Big Wide World.” He discussed how the site supports those who want to add accommodations to their own digital assets by offering how-to instructions for creating captions, audio descriptions, digital games and documents. From there he reviewed a research study NCAM conducted in partnership with Mad*Pow on whether accommodations can affect learner engagement, especially learners other than those for whom the accommodations were intended. For example, do captioned games increase engagement for students with ADHD? The study resulted in a testing protocol and methodologies for user testing and assessing accessibility of educational material. The results of the study and how the tests were conducted were documented in a methodology that will be applied to DIAGRAM’s Imageshare tool in the coming months.
If you were unable to attend the webinar, we will be posting it on the DIAGRAM website once the closed-captioned recording is available. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the Accessible PEEP website. It has a little something for everyone!