Accessibility Guideline: Closed Captioning



Accessibility Checklist: B

"Equivalent alternatives for any multimedia presentation shall be synchronized with the presentation."

What does this mean to you? Anytime you offer a video or audio resource in your course, you are required to provide captioning.

This not only benefits users who cannot hear, but also users who want to get a transcript of your media and those that learn more efficiently reading while listening.

Captioning is not a difficult process to learn, but more of a time intensive project.

Using this video, tutorials provided, and if needed, one-on-one assistance, you can caption your videos with little difficulty.

Which Type(s) of Videos Do You Use?

Let’s define a few types of videos to help you evaluate the options you have available to you Videos You Have Created: These might be screen captures, white board recordings, audio recordings - things you've made

Copyrighted Videos: These might be movie clips, services like Films on Demand or NBC Learn.

Publisher Videos: These might be videos created by your book’s publisher on their website.

YouTube Clips: These might be clips you have found directly on Youtube that were created by others and are applicable to your course.

So, things you didn't make but are hosted on YouTube that are made by others.

Regardless of the types of videos that you utilize, simply follow these guidelines to make sure your media that you share is compliant:

Lets look at videos you have created: For these, you need to add captions using one of the following methods:

YouTube: They have a few options available to you, see the videos attached to this guideline for help with this option.

No software is required, its free, and easy to use! You can also stop by the Faculty Center to learn more!

Camtasia: This is not free software, but the Faculty Center does have licenses and computers in the Center for you to use.

Drop by, learn how it works (it’s pretty easy to actually) and utilize our great resources available to you!

Last, we have paid captioning service: There are paid captioning services available to you to utilize.

If you need to use one of these services, please contact your Dean and/or Program Coordinator for options available to you.

*Note: these services can be expensive, so you may be asked to utilize one of the other options before looking into this option.

Your Dean and/or program coordinator will be able to elaborate further.

Copyrighted Videos: For videos you utilize that are copyrighted, the content owner or the content provider will assist with providing captions for this content: Since they own the movie or run the service your video is hosted on, they are required to caption the media element.

Due to Copyright, you are not permitted to edit their film or media source.

For help with this, you can contact Audio Visual Technologies (Media) using the contact info shown on the screen.

Publisher Hosted Videos For videos that your publisher provide, simply contact the publisher directly.

Since they own and host these media elements, it is their responsibility to caption these resources.

Contacting your publisher representative and they can help with achieving this task.

YouTube Clips You Utilize: For YouTube videos you don't own but utilize in your course, you'll need to contact the owner of the video(s) directly. There is an automatic captioner available, but this is not always accurate.

We recommend contacting the video owner directly and they will most likely be able to caption this for you.

*Note: Most professionally shared content on YouTube is captioned since they want more users to utilize and share their content look for these typed resources when building your content.

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to contact David Wood or Jason Busbin using the options shown on the screen.

David Wood -, 972-669-6661 or Jason Busbin -, 972-860-8362.

We can help you to navigate the process, train you on how to do it, and answer any questions you have along the way.