Video Captioning and Accessibility: A UDL Approach

Colorado Higher Education Computing Organization (CHECO)

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Videos, podcasts and animations are, for many students, engaging supplements to traditional lectures. But their effectiveness as a learning tool is limited when they are not captioned. Captions are essential for students with some types of disabilities, but they are used and appreciated by nearly everyone. English language learners enjoy the ability to read along with a video, as do students who possess a visual-linguistic learning style. Students listening to a recorded lecture rely on captions to understand new vocabulary or make sense of a mumbled word. And who doesn’t enjoy the ability to search for a word or phrase in the transcript of a long video or podcast?

This session will focus on the need for captioning, the legislation that requires us to caption audio and video instructional materials, the benefits to all learners by taking a proactive Universal Design for Learning approach, and a brief overview of one department’s method for creating captions using Microsoft Word and Camtasia Studio.