Do you have video content in your course or on your departmental website? Consider captioning it!
Captioning is a useful but underutilized pedagogical tool. It allows students with hearing disabilities to access your course content, and improves comprehension for students whose first language is not English. Captions also benefit students who learn best by reading, and help all students learn in courses with difficult technical vocabulary. Learn more about the benefits of captioning for students from Oregon State’s Student Uses and Perceptions of Closed Captions & Transcripts report summary.
If you host your videos on YouTube, adding captions will create a searchable interactive transcript. This allows students to review your material more efficiently by skipping directly to the content they want to study. It also allows search engines to more effectively find your content in search results.
In certain cases, you may be required to caption your videos. The CU Boulder Policy Standards on the Accessibility of Information and Communication Technology establish that any public-facing videos associated with a department or the university must be captioned. In order to help you meet these requirements, the OIT captioning service was created to assist faculty, staff, and students with captioning videos.
So how can you start captioning your own videos?
Still have questions about captioning, or need assistance implementing one of the solutions above? We are happy to help. You can schedule a training, consultation, or request assistance by contacting the captioning service at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (303) 735-4357.