Content Standards

Subject Matter

Content should align with the theme and aim of the Austere Learning Hub, which is to become the leading community and education platform for people working in, or undertaking adventure in, remote, difficult and complex environments, to become safer, more effective and achieve their mission.

Put simply, the material on the Austere Learning Hub must be applicable to people in remote, difficult, or complex environments, and focus on helping people be safer and/or more effective.


The ideal original format (ie: the format that the video is orginally recorded in-camera) for videos on the Austere Learning Hub is: 1080p resolution @ 30 frames per second (fps) in .mp4 file format.

Large videos can be compressed to enhance viewer experience, however the above file formatting is the ideal place to start.

The Austere Risk team can assist you to ensure that the formatting and quality of your videos are the most suitable for learners.


Audio should be recorded via a dedicated directional microphone and should be clear and free of background and wind noise and should. Poor audio quality is a major distraction for learners and equates to a poor learning experience.

Directional microphones are relatively inexpensive and widely available. The Austere Risk Team recommends Rhode Microphones such as the Video Micro or SmartLav+ (which is capable of recording into any phone/tablet, etc).

Age Appropriateness

Content must not include words, language, image, videos or themes that would be considered inappropriate for high school students. If you consider your content is to be hypothetically rated by television raters, then PG15+ is the absolute maximum rating that your content should be rated. If there is any doubt, please ask before publishing.


Accessibility refers to making your content usable to people of all abilities and disabilities.

  1. Images must have an alternate description so screen readers can assist visually impaired people to understand the image.
  2. Slides and other content must have a clear contrast, e.g. this is good contrast and this is poor contrast