The Waiting Room feature allows the host to control when a participant joins the meeting. As the meeting host, you can admit attendees one by one, or hold all attendees in the Waiting Room and admit them all at once.  Read more »


Kaltura Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) Machine Transcription

With ASR, an algorithm instantly recognizes the words spoken in your video and provides machine-based
captions. This option handles high volumes, fast, while your accessibility compliant captions are
being processed.

  • Immediate access to machine-based captions (70-85% accuracy) and a “Do It Yourself” Captions Editor for increased fidelity
  • Machine-based Learning with improved accuracy over time and ability to customize glossary
  • Addresses the needs of students with learning disabilities who may need additional tools to help focus on specific content/topics

Getting Started-Adding Captions to Your Video

  1. Go to video.colby.edu
  2. Click on My Media in the NavBar
  3. Click on the video you want to caption
  4. Click ACTIONS and then + Captions Requests
  5. Select the language for the captions
  6. Click Submit
  • The information for the requested captions will appear. The status of the submission will initially say Pending. To view more detail, click on the caption request itself. The turnaround time information is now visible.
  • After the captions have processed, the status of the caption request will change to Completed. To view the caption text, click the Show transcript link. The caption text is now visible.
  • To turn on captions while the video plays, click the CC button and select the language. The captions will appear on the screen.

How to edit captions
Learn more about Accessibility in Kaltura


Moodle Accessibility checker

One of the tools available in the Moodle text editor is an automated accessibility checker that checks for common accessibility-related errors in the text. These are usually things in the way the text is constructed that can prevent all users from having equal access to information and functionality. The list of problems that the accessibility checker looks for is:

  • Images with missing or empty alt text
  • Contrast of font color and background color to meet WCAG AA guidelines
  • Long blocks of text are sufficiently broken up into headings
  • All tables require captions
  • Tables should not contain merged cells as they are difficult to navigate with screen readers
  • All tables should contain row or column headers

Moodle Screenreader helper

Screenreaders treat a content editable region like a text box – which is an issue for users because the region may contain images, links, and more. The Moodle screenreader helper provides additional information about the currently selected text (e.g. is it bold), as well as a listing of any images or links in the text.

Learn more at Moodle.org

Using the Accessibility checker and Screenreader helper:

1. Open any activity or resource that has a text editor

2. Click on the Expand icon, a new row of icons will appear

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3. Click the Accessibility checker or Screenreader helper icon


4. Follow prompts as directed

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Hotec Wireless Headset Microphone system is designed for amplifying your voice through speakers or for recording on phones, cameras, or computers.









Note: ITS at Colby has preconfigured all settings for the wireless microphone systems in classrooms!

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perusall logoPerusall is a popular educational application that allows users to read and annotate texts collectively. Adding the Perusall Activity will let you link your Moodle course to your Perusall account.

Here is how to set it up:

  • Add a Perusall Activity to a content block and give it a title. You will only need to do this once, so it may be best to place it in one of the topmost blocks. You may also want to give it the same name as the course to make it easy to identify in Perusall.
  • When you click on the Activity, Perusall will create a new Perusall course with the same title as the Activity. The first time you do this, it will ask you to pair your Moodle credentials with Perusall using a verification email. Students will also go through the verification process the first time they click the link.

Perusall verification message

  • When you add a document in Perusall and create an assignment for it, Moodle will
    automatically add the assignment to the Moodle gradebook.

If you’re new to Perusall, here are some videos and documents that may be helpful.

Moodle course format refers to the layout of a course. There are five course format options to choose from. Here’s a quick video about the new Tiles format.

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