Video Captioning and Subtitles

In accordance with federal law, ALL INSTRUCTORS (as agents of the University) must ensure all classroom materials are available to students with disabilities at the same time as all other students. All videos and/or clips shown during the semester must be checked for ADA compliant closed captioning by you.

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Synchronous REMOTE Class Policy

Due to high demand of closed captioning services, DRES will be focusing its efforts on closed captioning asynchronous courses during remote instructions and any video shown in live sessions. For synchronous courses that are being recorded and posted for review/supplemental material, preference is being given to live captioning. Live captioning will also result in a transcript that can be synced to the recording by the professor after the live session is posted to MediaSpace.
If a student decides that they don’t require live captioning, but is unable to attend a class, they can request closed captioning for any session by filling out this form.
  • Live-Synchronous Remote sessions that are recorded, need live captioning.
    • If refused accommodation, then closed captioning happens for each request of the live session only.
    • Asynchronous Remote sessions will get closed captioning.

Who Benefits From Captioning/Transcripts

  • People whose native language isn’t the language of the video (international students)
  • Some people with learning disabilities or other cognitive impairments
  • All viewers as reading captions and hearing the audio stimulates different parts of the brain (multimodal learning).
  • People in quiet environments where audio output is not allowed (i.e. libraries)
  • People in noisy environments where audio is difficult to hear and understand or multiple TVs are playing (i.e. student unions or sports bars).
  • People whose equipment does not support audio output or who simply do not have an audio output device available — headphones.
  • People who are performing a deep search by looking for information contained in the transcript; search engines can find info in transcripts, but not in a video or audio file, who need to jump to specific locations in a video.

Additional Resources

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