Creating Accessible Videos

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Videos are a great way to convey information to your students. To provide equal educational access for all, you need to make videos accessible. Like in Word, PowerPoint, and other instructional materials, many of the same practices apply to videos.

  • Do not use color to denote meaning.
  • Use large enough and clear enough fonts to be legible.
  • Color contrast should be at least 7:1.
  • In addition to those considerations, videos should have captions or a transcription.


Benefits of using captions

Captions allow a student who is deaf or low hearing to get the full effect of an instructional video and can also benefit other students in different situations, for example:

  • English Learners can see the words at the same time they are listening
  • In noisy environments, you can read the content
  • You can search terms in the caption text
  • Reading and listening at the same time increases the depth of learning and improves comprehension( A Rising Tide' at Opens in new window )
  • When the audio is not clear, reading the subtitles clarify content
  • Students with a learning disability benefit from the closed captions 


How do I add captions to my videos?

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These are a few ideas on how to add closed captions to your videos:


Note: If you are using a copyrighted video, you may need to pay an outside vendor to caption it for you. You cannot upload it to YouTube, nor submit it to OET for captioning. 



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