Resources for Using Captioned Media in the Classroom

Captioning provides access to videos by displaying auditory information in printed form on the screen, which gives students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing equal access to your class.

Sign language interpreters or C-Print captionists are not suitable substitutes for captioned media. An individual cannot adequately attend to both the video and interpreter/captionist simultaneously.

Obtaining Streaming Captioned Media

Video programming produced for broadcast must by law contain closed captions when reposted online whether full-length or clips. If using an online video that recently aired for broadcast, please check for availability of closed captions.

  • Broadcast news sites are required by law to offer captioned videos clips taken from their broadcast feed. Here is a survey of news services indicating which consistently provide closed captions: Survey of News Sources for Captioning
  • YouTube can be searched using “,cc” after the topic of interest.
  • TED Talks offer a wide variety of subtitles tracks on their site. The YouTube link may not have captions so go to the TED site to find the captioned version.
  • Films on Demand (found in UGA's library website) offers streaming video for over 7,000 educational films broken into segments for easy viewing. All films are captioned.
  • Kanopy (also through UGA’s library) is another site streaming full length educational and documentary programs that are captioned.
  • If you pay for Hulu, Amazon Prime or Netflix, full-length television episodes and films are captioned.
  • PBS offers full-length shows with captions if you are a member.
  • Amara.org is a crowd source captioning site for online videos from YouTube and Vimeo. You can browse for already captioned videos.

YouTube’s “English (auto-generated)” Captions are not sufficient for providing equal access. Look instead for “English” in the top left corner. This would be captions uploaded by the user instead generated by voice recognition software.

You can also add captions on your own using Amara or Overstream.

Choosing or Ordering DVDs

Most video programming produced for broadcast must by law contain closed captions. If using a video, whether copied or online, that was originally produced for broadcast, please check for availability of the original video with closed captions. Often, the hardcopy of the video may be available for checkout at the UGA Library:  https://gil.uga.edu/.

  • The Center for Teaching and Learning has access to a media catalog that covers a multitude of subjects. You may be able to obtain a captioned DVD that presents the information you are targeting.
  • When purchasing new media, check to see if a closed captioned version is available. Closed captioning is often indicated with a small “CC” symbol or if on Blu-ray as Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH).
  • Ask textbook publishers if closed captioned versions online videos are available.

Checking for Closed Captions

It is a good idea to check your media on the device that will be used for classroom playback.

Playing a DVD on Computer: Not all media players support closed captions. Windows Media Player and Quicktime will display captions but the settings will need to be changed to allow for caption playback. If captions do not appear even after the setting has been turned on, there is not a closed caption track available for the DVD.

Video Playback with Closed Captions in Class: Not all Blu-ray Players support closed captions. If the classroom you are using has a Blu-ray player, use the computer’s disc drive instead. To view closed captions on VHS, there must be a closed caption decoder installed in the projector. Contact CTL (542-1582) to acquire the VHS player and caption decoder.

Survey of News Sources for Captioned Media