Justin Albohn, Curriculum and Instructional Designer at SUNY Empire State College: Hi. I'm Justin, and I'm with Julie. Um...we're both instructional designers. And now we're going to talk about...why we need transcripts. Julie?
Julie Rummings, Curriculum and Instructional Designer at SUNY Empire State College: [sigh] Well...Of course, for people with auditory and visual disabilities having a transcript for media is essential because that's really the only way that they are going to get the information from the audio in the media; however, it is also really really useful to people without disabilities. For example, if you're in a public area and you need to watch a video but you don't want to disturb the people around you, having a transcript [and] being able to read the transcript would be really helpful to you. Um...or...let's say you have a really bad internet connection or your computer is really out-of-date with software, watching videos might be difficult. Um...having a transcript as an alternative is a good...is good to have. Um...and any other--and there's like; for example, you're writing a paper and you need to quote someone, it would be easier to get a quote if you have the transcript rather than having to watch the video over and over again to get it verbatim. So, [there are] a lot of reasons why having a transcript for your media would be helpful to your audience.