Captions are the text representation of the audio in a video. Captions are crucial for learners who are deaf or hard of hearing, but they can benefit all students. Content videos that are embedded into commentaries and assignments in your Canvas course should be captioned.
How do I request captions?
If your video will be used every semester, ask your instructional designer to order manual captions for your videos. Your video will be captioned by a human at a 99 percent accuracy rate.
If your video will only be used this semester, you can write a video summary (see below) or request captions in My Media. Captions requested in My Media are not accurate and will need to be reviewed and edited for accuracy. See the post Requesting Captions for Ad Hoc/Webcam Videos for more information.
If you are planning to record an informal video (i.e. announcement videos, one-time videos) that students will watch within 24 hours, we recommend writing a brief summary of what you covered in the video for students who may need this information in a text-based format for accessibility purposes. This summary can be a quick bullet point summary. Any important information that was covered in the video needs to be included in the summary.
- Providing Flexibility for Students, Especially During Disruptive Times - November 25, 2020
- Quick Tip: When to Use Captions vs. Video Summaries - November 5, 2020
- Add a Subject Line to Discussion Posts in Canvas - October 8, 2020