Do you use video in your courses? If so, are they captioned? Captions, which are the textual representation of a video’s soundtrack, are critical for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), states that communications with individuals with disabilities must be as effective as communications with others, therefore we must make audio and video in our courses accessible. Beyond ADA compliance, captions also improve students reading and listening skills. Gary Robson, author of The Closed Captioning Handbook, explains that “Augmenting an auditory experience with captions more than doubles the retention and comprehension levels.”
To learn more about captioning your videos, download ADA Compliant Video and Audio Guidelines.