Universal Design in Learning: Captioning

Captioning has long been a tool to give deaf or hard of hearing students access to video and class lecture content.  Even though historically we have treated captioning as a benefit only to students with disabilities, studies have shown that captioning can be a valuable tool for many people, not just those with hearing loss.  Students that sit in the back of classrooms, whose second language is English, and that struggle understanding the different accents of instructors can all benefit from reading captioning.  Captioning can also improve access to online videos where audio quality fades or something unintelligible is recorded.  Below are steps to consider if videos are purchased or produced by you.

 

Purchasing Videos

Only purchase videos that have captioning available.  Captioning can be closed or opened.  Closed captioning can be controlled by you whereas opened captions will always be displayed.  If you need help activating the closed captioning on a video, please contact your IT Support in your college.  If further assistance is needed, do not hesitate to contact our office.

 

Using Online Videos

If you need assistance with captioning videos you create or videos that you use from other sites, please contact our office.  We have full-time staff and students that can help transcribe and produce captions needed for your course or courses.  

Captioning Coordinator