Can you use Podcasts in canvas and are they ADA compliant? If not is there a way to make ADA compliant?
Hi Margie- cool question.
I've seen this option when setting up discussions How do I enable a podcast feed for a discussion in a course?
Does that help?
Hi Margie Snow , and Welcome to the Canvas Community!
There is a great discussion about this at How can you embed a podcast , and my friend Laura Gibbs has chimed in there with some really good information.
I hope this is helpful, because Podcast are booming right now and are a great way to share information.
Another thing I just thought of, although the distraction potential might be insurmountable, would be to add a podcast website (like IHeartRadio) to a module as an external URL, or use the Redirect tool to add one to the course navigation menu.
Hi again, Margie
I just added a Ron Burgundy podcast page to a module as an external URL, and it works great............
Again, the distraction problem is obvious, because users actually have access to the entire iHeartRadio website.
Now to look at the accessibility issues.
Hey nice work Kelley. Could you navigate within the website to get to exactly where you want the students to access the podcasts then embed on the page from there? I assume you used an iframe generator?
Does it work on mobile?
This is such a good idea. I'm going to share!
Actually,, Bobby I just added it to a modules as an External URL content type.
However, both that method and the iframe method result in an embedded webpage that is fully functional.
I know no way of limiting that unless you can find a very specific and limited embed code.
However, see my note about accessibility below. I won't be using podcasts for awhile, and that is a shame, because they could be a powerful learning tool.
Ah, you are cunning Kelley L. Meeusen.
I'm Baaaack, Margie
It appears that podcast present a huge accessibility issue, with very few of them including transcripts or closed captioning. There seems to be no regulatory requirement, although I would happily challenge that statement. Anyways, I did find a nice discussion about this at Podcast: the Last Frontier of Accessibility.
One of the things noted in this article is that National Public Radio does transcript all of its podcasts, and for free!
So neither I nor my school will be using podcast until this changes - we are hammering everybody about accessible tech and have both state policy and our school policy backing us up.
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