Accessible Videos, Narrated Screen Captures and Audio

Accessibility Standard

In order for these types of media to be accessible to all students, they need transcripts, a note before the video referencing the topic and length of the video and closed captions. If you did NOT create the content yourself and the original author did not include captions, a transcript will have to suffice.

We use a third party vendor to create transcripts and captions. Our learning design team will make sure they are created and added to your course but we need your help to make sure we don’t miss any videos.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Send ALL videos you create to your LD or LDA so they can be added to the Dutton YouTube channel and processed for closed captions and transcripts.
  • Send links to ALL external videos you use to your LD or LDA so they can have transcripts created.
  • Add a note about the topic and length of the video before the video. This helps in three ways.
    It notifies visually impaired students that a video is the next item on the page, it let's them know what the video is about and it tells them the length of the video so they can decide if they have time to watch it now or if they need to come back to it later.

Learning Design Responsibilities

  • Upload videos to Dutton YouTube Channel
  • Send video to our vendor (3Play Media) for captioning
  • Check the transcript for accuracy
  • Add captions to videos in YouTube
  • Embed the video onto the correct page
  • Add the transcript to the course page

Additional Benefits (beyond the legal requirements)

Captions are mandated for deaf and hard of hearing viewers but are useful for many other audiences, situations and purposes.

  • When the viewer is a non-native speaker
  • When the presenter is a non-native speaker or has an accent
  • When the vocabulary is unfamiliar or overly technical
  • When a student is pressed for time, they may be able to scan a transcript in less time that it takes to watch the video
  • When students are in a situation where listening to audio is difficult (on a loud train, in a quiet coffee shop, when the kids are napping, etc.)
  • Closed captions increase retention and engagement
  • Transcripts can be used as study aids

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