Accessibility for Instruction: Video

This guide gives an overview of best practices for making instructional materials accessible to all students.

Benefits to Multiple Audiences

Captions are mandated primarily for Deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, but captions have other benefits including:

  • When vocabulary is unfamiliar
  • When the speaker is using an unfamiliar dialect
  • When audio is not clear or audio is not available. This last includes instances when audio quality is poor and instances when a person cannot listen to audio because of their work or study environment.


General Tips

  • Machine-generated captions and transcripts are not sufficient for Deaf and hard-of-hearing users. But they do provide a starting point for you to go in and manually edit anything that was transcribed incorrectly.
  • Consider writing a script for your recorded video which can later be used as a transcript. This will also help you to revise auto-generated captions and transcripts.
  • Simply avoiding creating audio content is not the answer. Students with visual impairment benefit from hearing your narration.

Guides for Creating Captions and Transcripts

Below is a series of links to guides for creating and editing captions or transcripts in a variety of multimedia tools.