Videos are an effective tool in and out of the classroom, but making sure they're accessible for people with impaired vision or hearing requires extra steps during the creation of the video. This was covered in Module 3. The University of Washington also has a helpful guide: Creating Accessible Videos.
Module 3 gives some great tips for making filming and creating accessible videos easier:
- Use a script! It will improve your video quality and make adding captions easier.
- Create short videos (less than five minutes). Segment larger videos into five-minute sections or chapters.
- Keep the visual background clear of distractions and avoid distracting background noise.
For more tips, visit Module 3.
Captions are important so that those who cannot clearly hear the audio or dialogue can still understand what's happening in the video. Captions may also help students who are unfamiliar with the language the video is being shown in understand what's being said.
Depending on where you're creating your video, the steps to add captions are different. Below are some of the most common places.
- YouTube: Captioning YouTube Videos from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education. Includes instructions on captioning a video, uploading captions, editing auto-captions, finding captioned videos, and unpublishing inaccurate captions.
- Google: Add Subtitles & Closed Captions
- Panopto: Wenatchee Valley College currently requires faculty to contact administrators to import auto-captions for Panopto. The steps to do this are easy: