Thirsty for a Strong Instructional Practice?
Instructors often wonder what the rules are around closed-captioning videos for pedagogical use. The truth is that any video you show in class needs to be ADA compliant to meet the letter of the law, but making videos ADA compliant by adding closed-captioning actually helps many more students than you may realize – the parent who needs the volume off at night, the student watching a video on light rail, people who pay attention better when they see and hear words together, students who speak English as an Additional Language, deaf students, students with visual impairments, everybody.
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An easy way to make videos accessible is to contact the Educational Technology Center (ETC). They are happy to convert video-based course materials into accessible ones for classes. Just fill out a service request form: http://www.msudenver.edu/etc/servicerequestform/. Make sure to give them a full week for turnaround, especially at busy times like the beginning of each semester.
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- Access Center’s Tutorial on creating accessible course material http://www.msudenver.edu/access/faculty/tutorialsoncreatingaccessiblecoursematerial/
- Captioning on YouTube https://support.google.com/youtube/topic/3014331?hl=en&ref_topic=4355241
- WebAIM Web Accessibility in Mind – more about captioning… what it is and isn’t http://webaim.org/techniques/captions/