When your syllabus includes the use of VHS, DVDs, or online and digital media, it is necessary to determine if they are closed captioned. Captioning makes media accessible to students with hearing impairments by displaying all audio content in printed form on the screen, similar to the appearance of subtitles. All media that is shown in the classroom or posted on eLC needs to be accessible to all students.
Captioned materials are sometimes identified on the VHS/DVD box by a "CC" or small television icon. It is always necessary to verify whether the video is captioned.
In order to display the encoded captions, you must request a closed captioned decoder or television set with captioning technology built-in. This decoding equipment is available by contacting CTL. Captions will not be visible without this equipment. Please contact CTL with sufficient time to ensure they can assist you. CTL has technicians on hand to assist you, if needed.
In the event that your VHS/DVD is not captioned, it is recommended you consider one of the following:
Yes. The DRC can caption many types of digital media files (MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.), but the instructor must obtain permission from the video copyright holder. To submit a request for captioned digital media, please fill out the "Closed Captioning Request" form and deliver to the DRC with the media on a flash drive or CD.
Yes. It is often difficult to accurately interpret videos/DVDs that are not captioned due to the speed at which information is transmitted, the length of the video, and the detail presented. While some of the information can be transmitted, some will be omitted. In addition, the student must look back and forth between the video and the interpreter, possibly missing information that is only transmitted visually. Therefore, closed captioning is still necessary even with an interpreter present. If captioning is not possible, a transcript could be provided to the student. The DRC needs approximately 2 weeks to produce the transcript.
All media that is shown in the classroom or posted on eLC needs to be accessible to all students. If you have a student enrolled in your class who requires closed captioning, online media will either need to be closed captioned or a transcript can be provided. Many online videos may be available with closed captions embedded already, so whenever possible, you should try to utilize online videos that are already captioned. In YouTube, users can search specifically for videos that have closed captions.
You can also search Google videos on a topic and sort by videos that are closed captioned.
At this time, the DRC is exploring ways to utilize emerging technology to caption online videos, and in the interim can provide transcripts. The DRC needs approximately 2 weeks to produce the transcript.
Right now, the text to speech technology that YouTube uses for auto-captioning is very much in development. In most cases, auto-captions are too inaccurate to be relied upon by someone who utilizes closed captioning. We recommend previewing the video with auto-captions before using this feature in the classroom because the auto-captions may not be accurate enough.
Please contact the Disability Resource Center at (706)542-8719 if you have any questions or concerns about providing closed captioned programming.
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