Provide captions for videos used in your class to ensure that students with hearing-impairments get a fuller experience when watching course materials.

  • Captions provide synchronization with a video’s visuals and nonverbal cues, which adds important and intangible context to course materials.
    • Although transcripts are helpful for hearing-impaired students, captions provide students with a much fuller experience.
  • Be sure to use a tool that supports open or closed captioning, as not all media players support closed captioning.
    • Open captions are part of the video display, and are therefore always on. Closed captions are contained within a separate text track which is synchronized with the video by a media player.
      • Youtube supports closed captioning.
    • Use open captions whenever possible because this ensures multimedia is always accessible.

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