IRT establishes funding for faculty to caption videos

November 2, 2015

A special fund has been established within IRT to support faculty efforts to make learning materials accessible. Captions are text versions of the audio content synchronized with the video. Captioning instructional video or audio proactively addresses a diverse range of abilities and learning needs including:

  • students for whom English is a second language
  • situational hearing impairments (e.g., students watching/listening in a noisy environment)
  • helping students learn the spelling of technical terms spoken in the video
  • students with hearing and learning disabilities
  • Making use of the video captioning funds now not only helps you prepare for the time that you have a student with a hearing disability, but also enhances learning for all students by presenting material in multiple modalities (both visual and auditory).

Faculty may request captioning for a YouTube video, for video hosted on St. Thomas' Ensemble video server, or for videos hosted online elsewhere. You will need to provide information on where the video can be found (e.g. the YouTube link or EnsembleVideo link). To request captioning for any of these types of videos log in to IRT's captioning request form using your St. Thomas username and password. The link to the captioning request form is found at the bottom of this IRT web page.

Questions? Email IRT for more information about the captioning request process.