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Captioning Beyond Compliance: Adding Meaning to Media

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Video is becoming more and more popular for use in academic instruction. As universities integrate video into instruction, they struggle to make the media accessible. Disability laws require that most universities make their media accessible to students with disabilities. For video, this means that captions must be added. For Podcasts and audio files, a transcript meets the minimal requirements for accessibility. Developing policies, practices and finding budget funds to captioning media in tough economic times stresses many universities. Captioning media is critical to support the deaf and hard of hearing communities. But the benefits of captioning extend far beyond supporting just these viewers. Most viewers of captions are not deaf or hard of hearing. This session will cover compliance issues, benefits beyond compliance, and best practices among colleges.


Erler, K., Robertson, B. & Brogan, P. (2010). Captioning Beyond Compliance: Adding Meaning to Media. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3955-3960). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 16, 2021 from .



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