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Only half of students with disabilities ask for accomodations

Video is the most common way higher education institutions engage students with distance-learning content, but few caption all their video content for accessibility, according a survey being released Tuesday by the transcription and captioning company Verbit. About 14% of schools reviewed by Verbit provided captions as a default, while about 10% said they only caption lessons when a student requests it. About 76% of content is partially captioned. But with just 52% of students interviewed saying they would ask for accommodations like captioning if they’re not automatically provided, Verbit concluded that colleges and universities may need to be more proactive in making learning materials more accessible. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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Common App plans to remove some questions to 'introduce joy' to process

The Common Application, which is used by more than 900 colleges and universities for enrollment applications, released updates to its online application last week. The updates include altering or removing questions that could be seen as having chilling effects on prospective students, Jenny Rickard, the organization’s chief executive, told EdScoop. As part of an ongoing effort to remove barriers to applying to college, the organization reviewed where students stopped on unfinished applications and talked to member institutions, Rickard said. Emily has it.

Pearson launches monthly textbook subscription service

In addition to its traditional sales model, the publishing house Pearson on Friday unveiled a subscription service that includes more than 1,500 digital textbooks. For $14.99 a month, students can subscribe to the service, called Pearson+, or pay $9.99 for the service’s “single” tier, which allows access to only one book at a time. Both tiers require a minimum four-month term. The subscription model is intended to mimic how students consume content through other popular online services, Pearson CEO Andy Bird said during the company’s “fall technology preview.” Check out the full story on Edscoop.

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