Universal Design of Lecture Capture using Illinois ClassTranscribe

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Presented at 10:00am in Virtual B on Thursday, November 19, 2020.



  • Jon Gunderson, Coordinator of IT Accessibility, University of Illinois
  • Lawrence Angrave, Professor of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  • John Tubs, Director of Digital Media - eLearning, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


The University of Illinois is transforming student engagement and instructional authoring through the ClassTanscribe system. ClassTranscribe is designed to support Universal Design in Learning by providing multiple ways for students to engage in video lectures and by delivering course content as accessible ePub documents.


The ClassTranscribe is being developed at the University of Illinois to increase learning engagement by all students, including students with disabilities and the benefits over existing course delivery tools will be demonstrated. Universal Design in Learning is integrated into the heart of the ClassTranscribe system by allowing students to view videos, access to captions in multiple languages, and through the ability to search the transcription with synchronized access to the video. Analytics allow instructors to identify student search terms and what sections of the video students are viewing to help them identify areas students may be having trouble. The system allows instructors to combine video lectures, transcriptions, audio descriptions and html versions of in-video text, to create a universal media experience within an ePub document. The ePub document allows the student to access the learning materials through a wide variety of devices and assistive technologies.


  1. How ClassTranscribe automatically generates captions and supports crowd sourcing of corrections.
  2. The search features to allow students to find segments of a lecture they are most interested in reviewing.
  3. The authoring of accessible ePub with the captioned videos and associated educational materials.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Captioning/Transcription, EPUB Track, Faculty Development & Support, Uncategorized, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jon Gunderson

Dr. Jon Gunderson is the Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology Accessibility in the Division of Disability Resources and Education Services (DRES) at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois. He leads the development of open source web accessibility evaluation tools and coding practices resources to help web designers and developers understand accessible coding techniques. He is a member of the W3C ARIA Working Group has been a major contributor to the ARIA Authoring Practices and is a contributor to the ARIA Assistive Technology community group to test ARIA implementation in assistive technologies. He has given numerous presentations, workshops and courses related to web accessibility. He is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) form the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

Lawrence Angrave

Dr Lawrence Angrave is an award-winning Teaching Professor of the Computer Science Department, an RC Evans Innovation Fellow of the Gies College of Business, and a Teaching Fellow of the Center of Innovative and Learning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His teaching interests include innovations in teaching practices, technologies, and methods, that not only improve learning outcomes but excite, positively challenge, and enthuse. His research interests include how multiple learning pathways and student-facing improvements can improve equity and learning outcomes for all students, students with disabilities and unrepresented minority students. He is the PI of ClassTranscribe, a new video-based learning system that is improving accessibility, equity, and educational outcomes at UIUC, and the PI of "Scribear," an augmented reality project for deaf and hard of hearing students.

John Tubs

John Tubbs is a digital media veteran; working 10 years in K-12 and the last 20 years at Illinois. His work spans MOOC scale video production, large live streaming events, foreign language radio production, audio for award-winning children's websites, online curriculum development, digital textbook production, and currently is the Director of Digital Media in the Gies College of Business.