Captioning Videos - Disabled Students Programs and Services

Media in the Classroom

  • If you intend to show movies, slides, or video, be aware that media, as per Federal Law, must be captioned or subtitled. For more information about Video / Audio / Multimedia on Ohlone College Websites
  • Close captioning videos/audio media and providing transcripts of audio only media ensures that deaf and hard of hearing students have access to all learning materials instructors incorporate during class time and for homework assignments.
  • Close captioning also helps English language learners and visual-verbal learners..  In addition, captions in a video may also help reinforce information processing by engaging multiple brain pathways in all learners
  • The Library has various captioned learning resources including Films on Demand.  You can search the database by clicking on the following link: http://fod.infobase.com/

A warning about YouTube videos: Often YouTube videos show the “CC” symbol indicating they are captioned. However, if you click on the “CC” symbol and it says “English (Automatic Captions)”, these captions are produced using voice recognition software and are less than satisfactory. When used in the classroom, they may limit accessibility for the student with a hearing loss, and the errors are sometimes so inaccurate and inappropriate that they are distracting to the hearing students in class. We strongly recommend that you always review the entire YouTube video to check the accuracy of the captions before showing these in class Please work with your Dean if you have captioned media materials you would like the college to purchase If you have videos that you have created yourself and need information on options to caption them, please let your Dean or the Academic Affairs office know for

Distance Education/Hybrid/On-line Classes

Distance education comprises the fastest growing delivery mode in California community College (CCCs). In order to provide access to all students and to comply with federal and state law, some components of distance education classes may need to provide captioning or transcriptions.

The Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant (DECT) provides CCCs with funding for live and synchronous captioning and transcription as a means of enhancing the access of all students to distance education courses. Further, the DECT promotes and supports awareness of available funding as a means to support faculty efforts to develop high-quality, media-rich distance learning courses.

The following is a list of qualifying projects:

  • Online classes
  • Hybrid classes (some instructional hours offered at a distance)
  • On-campus classes utilizing distance methods of content delivery as they evolve (e.g., class capture, web conferencing, vodcasting, podcasting, content posted within a Learning Management System)
  • Digital learning object repositories used to collect and make available digitized content: this content could be used by on-campus, hybrid, online, and other delivery methods

Please contact Ann Burdett, DSPS Director for more information on how to apply for the DECT Grant. 510-659-6456 or aburdett@ohlone.edu