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Video Accessibility


Accessible videos benefit many students

  • Deaf students must view closed captioning to access any verbal information
  • Students who are hard of hearing benefit from captioning
  • Students viewing videos in public spaces or spaces with disruptive ambient noise benefit from captioning
  • Students who are learning the language structures will benefit from both hearing and seeing the text
  • Students benefit when verbal information is reinforced with visual access

Strategies that will help make videos accessible

Closed captioning is useful for many students across the ability spectrum. It can reinforce the information for students who both hear and read the information. Closed captioning can help students who listen to course materials in congested spaces. And it is mandatory for Deaf students or students who are hard of hearing.

Closed caption video materials or provide a transcript of the material covered. A transcript is a good option to include with video grading feedback.

If you would like to caption your videos, YouTube offers a free and fairly accurate service. Over the past years, YouTube has worked diligently to improve their captioning technology. Instructions for using their captioning and editing formats are available on the YouTube site.

There are also private captioning resources available.

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