About a month ago, I wrote a blog about accessibility. The focus being on the idea that accessibility is Not Just Tech. When talking about accessibility, I am not just describing the ability to retrieve information or resources, but the ability to use and understand those resources and materials. Accessibility is about more than just technical solutions to inaccessible information. It’s about ensuring that every student has an equal opportunity to be successful.
YouTube is both a blessing and a curse for online learning. YouTube hosts thousands and thousands of great educational videos aimed for higher ed learning, and their topics range from introductory algebra to advanced business management. Any instructor could find supplementary material for their students via YouTube. Unfortunately, most of these videos do not meet federal accessibility standards.
Created and produced by Wichita State’s Instructional Design and Technology team, this brief video shows students how to turn on Closed Captioning in YouTube.
Getting closed captioning into a video you create can be very easy if you take advantage of the YouTube tool that automatically generates closed captioning. Once you do this, remember to edit your closed captioning before your video gets seen by students.
Even if you spoke very clearly, the automatic closed caption tool in YouTube can only do so much. It is critically important to take a look at the closed captioning on any video you upload to YouTube and go the extra mile and edit what is there. If you would like to address problems with closed captioning on YouTube videos you did not create, please contact the Instructional Design and Technology office.