Video Captioning Support
Providing captions and transcription of course-related videos is one way to help create an equitable learning environment for all students. While captions and transcripts provide obvious benefits to Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, a study conducted by the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit found that 54% of students (independent of hearing ability) used closed captions at least some of the time when they were provided for course-related video. Of these students, roughly 90% of students who used closed captions found them to be at least moderately helpful.
When to use Academy Captioning vs. ADS Captioning?
Access & Disability Services at Harper College provides in-class speech-to-text captioning and video captioning as part of their disability and accommodation services. The Academy is complementing this critical service by supporting captioning and transcription of faculty-created academic videos ahead of an accommodation request. This effort seeks to help faculty move their courses towards complete accessibility while also providing universal benefits for all learners. For more information on creating academic videos, screen-casting, and the universal benefits of captioning, see our related links below.
Captioning Support Request
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) & Captioning
UDL may be used as a framework to examine the benefits of captioning that go beyond making videos more accessible for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. For example, captions benefit all students, including those with learning disabilities and speak English as a second language.