Enhancing Accessibility in Online Learning with Audio Description


Presented at 11:30am in Colorado G-H on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.



  • Jena Wallace, Content Marketing Specialist, 3Play Media
  • Erik Ducker, SVP of Marketing, 3Play Media

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Learn about the benefits of audio description for blind and low-vision learners in online courses. This session will explore different implementation approaches and offer best practices for producing effective descriptions.


With the increasing demand for online learning, it is essential to ensure that educational materials are accessible to all learners, including those who are blind or low vision. Audio description is a technique that can help make visual content accessible by providing a verbal description of what is happening on the screen. In this session, we will discuss the benefits of audio description for online learning and explore different approaches to implementing it in online courses. We will also cover best practices for writing and producing effective audio descriptions and showcase examples of how audio description has been successfully integrated into online learning platforms. Attendees will come away from this session with a better understanding of how to make their online courses more inclusive and accessible to all learners.


  1. Recognize the benefits of audio description in online learning.
  2. Understand how to enhance accessibility in online learning through audio description.
  3. Learn different approaches to implementing audio description in online courses.

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

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Speaker Bio(s)

Jena Wallace

Jena Wallace is an accessibility advocate with over a decade of experience in the media accessibility industry.

Jena’s lived experience with single-sided deafness inspired her to pursue a career in accessibility. With 8 years of hands-on experience as an offline closed captioner, Jena is deeply knowledgeable about captioning & subtitling workflows, processes, and best practices. She managed the entirety of Captionmax’s North American prerecorded captioning division before transitioning to content marketing at 3Play Media, where she focuses on storytelling around the people and technologies transforming accessibility and disability advocacy.

Jena holds a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is committed to sharing knowledge and continuous learning about the nuances, technicalities, innovations, and ethics surrounding accessibility solutions.

Erik Ducker

Erik Ducker is the Senior Director of Product Marketing at 3Play Media, where he leads market research and go-to-market execution for new services. Previously, he was Director of Product Management at Brightcove where he led the product team building new video applications for enterprise and media companies. Erik has helped 100s of companies execute engaging and accessible video campaigns for a variety of applications. Erik is actively involved in the small community of speedskating in Minnesota, serving on the board of directors for the largest speedskating club in the country.