The Growing Demand For Accessible Electronic Textbooks In Higher Education

The Need For Accessibility In Higher Education

Educational Institutions are easing the process of sharing coursework with their students by providing digital textbooks, students can greatly benefit from this as they can access course material anywhere and anytime.
The challenge for publishers arises when they need to make sure that the digital textbooks provided by them are accessible to visually impaired students. The increased utilization of images published in higher education course material provides publishers with the important task of ensuring that each image is readable by assistive technology utilized by the visually impaired, such as screen readers.
Alt-text or alt descriptions are tagged in images and used to describe images, this text can be read by assistive technology used by the visually impaired, enabling them to understand and navigate digital textbooks easily. Due to the high volume of coursework that needs to be published, the need of the hour for publishers is a solution to generate alt-text in a way that is less time-consuming and highly accurate.

The Benefits Of Providing Accessible Digital Textbooks

By providing accessibility in higher education, educational institutions will benefit in the following ways:
  1. Inclusive Environment

    By providing coursework that can be accessed by visually impaired users with the help of assistive technology such as screen readers, educational institutions create an inclusive learning environment enriched with equal opportunities.
  2. Improves Learning Experience

    By providing digital accessibility in higher education, educational institutions meet the needs of visually impaired students and by filling the gap in accessibility in higher education, the learning experience of visually impaired students is greatly improved.
  3. Meet Compliance

    By creating accessible learning material for visually impaired students, educational institutions will meet section 508 compliance standards for higher education.

Integrating AI-Powered Solutions To Create Accessible Content

Publishers would require a team of accessibility experts to ensure that the course material is accurately tagged and published on time. The team of publishers would either need to consist of numerous members or they would be required to work extended hours in order to convert high volume images present in the textbooks. By automating the process of adding alt-text, publishers can greatly increase their productivity and ensure they meet deadlines while greatly saving on time and costs.
  1. Automates Processes

    In order to provide accessibility in higher education, publishers would have to manually add alt-text for each image present in learning material documents, this is extremely time-consuming and by integrating AI-powered solutions, the process of generating alt-text to create accessible learning material becomes more efficient and accurate.
  2. Saves Time

    By leveraging AI-powered remediation solutions, publishers can remediate high volumes of course material pdf documents at a much faster rate, and therefore greatly save on time and costs.

How Invicta Automates The Process Of Generating Alt-Text

Our AI-powered solution Invicta automates the process of generating alt-text for large volumes of images of varying complexities while saving on time and costs. This enables publishers to make digital coursework accessible for visually impaired users and significantly improve their learning experience.
Generating alt-text for images manually is a time-consuming process. It requires a dedicated resource to scour through hundreds, if not thousands, of images and assign meaningful phrases or sentences to describe the image. In order to make this process easier, more efficient, and scalable, publishers can integrate Invicta’s sophisticated AI-driven image accessibility solution.
Invicta automates the task of generating high-quality, accurate alt-text for images of varying complexities within a significantly shorter turnaround time and at a reduced cost.
The key benefits of integrating our AI-powered image remediation solution Invicta are:
  1. Instantly generates detailed long descriptions for images
  2. Effective for images across all major disciplines
  3. Meets and exceeds Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 AA standards
  4. Promises exponentially faster turnaround times 
  5. Makes images accessible at a fraction of the cost
  6. Highly scalable for a large volume of images
  7. Exceptional quality with greater consistency
  8. Hassle-free process for accessibility experts
Our AI-powered solution Invicta instantly generates alt-text for large volumes of images of varying complexities, this enables publishers to make digital textbooks accessible for visually impaired students while significantly saving on time and costs.
Invicta can serve as your one-stop solution that uses real-time AI technology to generate high-quality and compliant accessible alt text. Invicta is disrupting the tedious, and often expensive approach to content accessibility, allowing your publishing house to cater to a larger audience and create a level playing field for everyone to access your content.

Seamlessly integrate Invicta into your system and automate your process of generating accessible visual content, you can learn more about us here.

Editors:

Debangku Sarma

Digital Marketing Associate
Continual Engine

Vijayshree Vethantham

Senior Vice-President, Growth & Strategy
Continual Engine US LLC

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