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Important: New rules for video in teaching

News: Oct 06, 2020

From 23 September 2020, new rules apply to teachers who use video in their teaching. Public videos need to be subtitled in order to meet accessibility requirements. In Canvas’ closed course rooms, it is still allowed to post non-subtitled videos. For many students though, especially those with disabilities, it is important that teaching materials are adapted to students with special needs.

From January 1st 2019, the so-called Accessibility Act applies. One of the purposes is to ensure that everyone, including people with disabilities, should have access to digital public service. From 23 September 2020, the law also applies to all public video material produced after this date, which may affect teachers at the university using video in their teaching.

Videos published on any of the University of Gothenburg's web platforms and accessible to the public without logging in, must be adapted for accessibility, which includes subtitling. This means that videos that are uploaded as Unlisted/"Olistad" on GU Play, are covered by this law. However, a video that is only available to students who log in to Canvas does not need to be subtitled or adapted in any other way according to the Accessibility Act.

When uploading a video to GU Play via Canvas, it is automatically identified as “Private”. “Private” videos are not covered by the requirements of the Accessibility Act. Use the embedding feature found in Canvas to upload "private" videos from GU Play. Never use direct links to "private" videos in Canvas. Watch instructional video Using GU Play in Canvas (in Swedish)

Do not forget that for many students, it is of great importance that you, as a teacher, consider accessibility issues and try to adapt your teaching material to your students, regardless of where or how it is published. Of course, this is of extra importance for students with disabilities.


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