Captioning videos: A small time investment for a meaningful inclusion enhancement

April 10, 2019

What’s one simple thing you can do to make your Fall 2019 courses more inclusive? Consider getting the videos you use regularly in class captioned over the summer.

Why?

  • Captioning (and providing transcripts) benefits students with hearing (or visual) disabilities most directly, but also helps everyone in your class. See this great blog post by STELAR instructional designer Karin Brown for a smart summary of reasons for including visual or auditory captioning (it also includes a fun clip from Frozen).
  • Are you counting on YouTube for captioning? Take a minute to check and see if the YouTube videos you’re using have accurate captions. Their automated process produces lousy, inaccurate captioning.

At St. Thomas, Information Technology Services (ITS) offers quality captioning services for instructional content FOR FREE, including YouTube videos that do not have captions or that are poorly captioned. The process is simple: Request video captioning from ITS. Do it this summer at a leisurely pace and you’ll be all set to go with accessible video when your course begins in September. It’s an easy win for you and an important accessibility win for your students!