Nugget #2: Enhance with Captions

Enhance Your Recorded Lectures with Captions

Following last week’s edition on recorded lectures, we’d like to share more about how video captioning can boost the power of recorded lectures. With only a few extra button clicks, you can begin to reap the many benefits of captions.

Dig Deeper:

Why Use Video Captions?

Enhance Accessibility and Clarity – As briefly mentioned last week, captions play a pivotal role in ensuring students who are D/deaf or hard of hearing can fully engage with your content. The caption texts provide an alternative learning interface for students to work with, reducing any potential language barriers between the lecturer and the students.

Improve Learning for Everyone (paper) –  According to over 100 empirical studies, video captions improve student attention, memory, and comprehension of video content. We emphasize that captions aren’t only accessibility tools. Evidence shows that the existence of captions in a given video is correlated with better academic performance, including test scores. Additionally, just like last week’s recorded lectures, video captions is another highly valued course feature according to student responses.

Follow the Law –If you weren’t already convinced on the value of captions, the law also compels you to utilize video captions for publicly accessible recorded lectures.

How to Add Captions:

  1. Automatic Captioning: By utilizing MediaSpace or YouTube to host your recorded lectures, you can very quickly enable automatic captions for your students to read. For complete guides on working with automatic captions, click for instructions for MediaSpace and here for instructions for YouTube.
  2. Captioning Services: If you’d like alternatives to automatic captioning, such as DRES captioning, please refer to this resource page by CITL for further information and a list of captioning services.
  3. Caption Editing: If possible, taking the time to glance over the automatic captions for small errors and fixing them goes a long way for ensuring the accessibility of your recorded lectures!

Especially for instructors already trying out recorded lectures, captioning is a highly efficient and effective tool for successful learning outcomes. If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out.

If you ever have questions about how to make this change, want to report problems in your effort to implement this change, or want to get more information, please email the SIIP UDL and Accessibility Group.

Thank you for your interest. If you found this tip helpful, please share it with your colleagues!

See you again next week!

-UDL and Accessibility Group