Accessibility features of Panopto
Panopto offers several key accessibility features which are detailed in the below guides. The Oxford University Panopto accessibility statement can be found at the following link: https://help.it.ox.ac.uk/replay/accessibility/replay-access-statement
Further accessibility features, such as screen reader support and shortcut keys, are detailed on the Panopto support website.
- Smart Search
- Playback speed
- Exporting Panopto content (MP4, PowerPoint, Keynote and PDF files)
- Webcasting (live streaming)
Accessibility tips for audio and video recording
When recording a teaching session, please consider the following points, which will ensure the recording is an effective resource for students. For more detail on how to implement these steps, please see this resource on Creating accessible videos from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
- If using a fixed microphone, be sure to stay within range of the microphone when speaking. If it is necessary to turn away (for example to write on the board) stop speaking and resume when facing the microphone again.
- A wireless lapel microphone is better for accomodating board work and/or moving around the lecture theatre. Place the lapel microphone approximately 15-20 cm below your chin and ensure a clear path to the microphone (e.g. no scarves covering the mic).
- In large spaces echo can be a problem. To overcome it don’t stand too close to the sound system speakers.
- Speak clearly at a normal, steady pace
- Describe visual information
- Repeat questions from the audience before answering as the original questions might not be audible in the recording.
- Describe visual information containing core learning material. This is especially important for audio-only recordings but will help people with visual impairments in all cases. Mention slide numbers during the lecture (i.e. "Here on slide 6...") to make it easier to follow any accompanying slides on audio-only recordings.
Face towards the audience and the camera whenever possible, especially for important points. Looking at the camera will make the experience more engaging for students.
Stay within the camera frame.
Adjust the lighting to remove glare from overhead lights.
Maximise the visibility of handwritten notes and drawings and be conscious of size and readability. Is the text readable from camera distance? On a whiteboard use fully inked markers in high contrast colours such as black or dark blue. On a blackboard press firmly so chalk leaves a solid white image
Consider using a dedicated camera for capturing your whiteboard/chalkboard text and images clearly.
Consider the background and the image that will appear on the screen. Complex patterns or high contrast colours on walls, furniture and even clothing might cause clarity issues for the camera. Muted, solid colours work most effectively.
Designing accessible teaching resources
The below recording explains how to create accessible PowerPoint slides for use in Panopto recordings, benefiting all students. A guide to creating accessible handouts and documents is available from the Centre for Teaching and Learning.