Alternative Media Best Practices at UC Berkeley

Alternative Media Best Practices at UC Berkeley


You want the best for your students… all
of them! Many students at berkeley need
alternative media to read the text you assign. For some students in the disabled
students program here are some tips for you to help them
do well in your classes. The text you assign get converted into accessible formats by the alternative
media team on campus. They take your scanned images of text and
turn it into accessible computer text. With the help of optical character
recognition software this way content is transformed into
Braille, audio files, and electronic readers for
your students in the disabled students program. To ensure your students get your text
conversions quickly here are some tips when scanning in texts. Don’t scan a scan. Use the original. Always try to get the
cleanest copy of your text that you can. You don’t wanna see a lot of underlinings.
If scanning both pages at a time hold down the entire spine of the book.
Often when this isn’t done, our character recognition
software fails and we have to manually enter in the
missing text, proof and re-proofread the changes. Also unless colors in a text are truly
important, always scan in black and white. It makes it much easier to run through
on our computer text converters. Zoom in on the text of your initial
scan. If the text looks fuzzy or unclear play
with the brightness and contrast settings. Scan again and repeat until the text
looks clear. You generally only have to do this for
the first page of a scan. After that, all subsequent scans can use
the same settings. Finally do not password protect your
scans. We cannot convert your scan for your
students if we can’t even open it. The alt media team at Berkeley converts
around 1700 documents a semester and around 250,000 pages. The quality of
a scan can be the difference between a conversion minutes and one in several hours. Getting them
they’re converted text on time ensures your students have every chance
to excel in your classes. Just remember scan a clean original; hold down the entire spine of the book
when scanning; scan in black and white; adjust the brightness and contrast; and
don’t password protect.

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