Making an Online Stat Course Accessible through ePub

Scheduled at 11:15am in Westminster IV on Wednesday, November 20.



  • Jinhee Choo, eLearning Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Juliana Garcia, Accessibility Specialist, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session Details

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


This session will share our experience to create accessible video lecture transcripts for a Business stat course in ePub format for MOOC learners. The major elements of ePub and faculty/staff training during the process will be introduced with ePub samples. This will lead to further discussion about challenges and adaptation in different contexts.


After a brief introduction of the context of the project (10 minutes), basic principles of digital accessibility of MOOC and faculty/staff training involved will be introduced (15 minutes). Then, steps to prepare for the creation of an accessible video lecture transcript in HTML and to convert the HTML into ePub will be presented. This includes extracting information from the PPT slides, adding alt text for images, and cleaning transcripts (10 minutes) in addition to HTML compilation. In the last part of the presentation, we will share ePub samples created and challenges we have had with ePub creation in terms of design (10 minutes) and hold a discussion session with the audience to ask how these can be applied to their own contexts (15 minutes). The ePub project has started to meet the accessibility standards for MOOC courses offered in our program, but we find potentially much bigger impact of ePub onto MOOC learners beyond accessibility.


  1. understand basic principles of digital accessibility in MOOC.
  2. learn how faculty and staff can be trained for MOOC accessibility.
  3. identify the major elements to create accessible video lecture transcript.

Disability Areas

All Areas, Cognitive/Learning

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, eBooks, EPUB Track, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Jinhee Choo

Dr. Jinhee Choo is an eLearning Specialist focusing on instructional design and digital accessibility in the Gies College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include technology use and evaluation in online education and teacher education for online technology integration and digital accessibility.

Juliana Garcia

Psychologist with a master’s degree in Communication, a combined 4+ years of experience conducting market research and 2+ years supporting and assisting people with disabilities. I worked at Accessibility and Accommodation Services at Illinois State University preparing academic materials in alternative formats and supporting and assisting 60+ students with multiple disabilities. Then, I worked at Gies College of Business at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign designing and developing iMBA course materials in accessible formats and performing training workshops on how to create these materials.