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Project Update: Accessible PEEP and the Big Wide World

2017 December 22
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by Bryan Gould

The WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) and the DIAGRAM Center have partnered with “Peep and the Big Wide World” to create Accessible Peep. “Peep and the Big Wide World” is a massively popular, NSF-funded, STEM-focused educational TV series and website for early learners that includes resources for children, parents and educators. The aim of Accessible Peep is to provide universally designed videos and games that are available to students of all abilities and learning styles. Accessible Peep also provides how-to guides and inclusive teaching resources for educators, who are encouraged to use them to create and enhance their own accessible learning materials. NCAM and its partner, Mad*Pow, developed a methodology for testing the effect of accommodations on the viewing engagement of early learners including those with or without learning disabilities and with or without sensory impairments.

In the future, NCAM hopes to use Accessible Peep assets and methodology to research a broad range of questions such as whether students on the autism spectrum or with ADHD benefit from video descriptions, if English-Language Learners benefit from English captions, or which students might benefit from playing games that are keyboard accessible.

Utilizing digital learning assets from the “Peep and the Big Wide World” website, Accessible Peep offers:

  • Peep videos with captions and descriptions
  • Accessible Peep games that are captioned and keyboard accessible
  • Peep resources for inclusive teaching practices
  • NCAM’s how-to guides for adding accommodations to digital resources including captions, descriptions, digital games and documents
  • NCAM and Mad*Pow’s research methodology for testing the effect of accommodations on student engagement

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