If you want to fully engage learners with video content, add captions. Captioning video creates accessible content for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired. Captions are also important for anyone working in a noisy enviroment. Captions add another dimension to video content, making a richer learning experience for students who have specific neurological processing problems, non-native speakers, adults working toward basic literacy, and children learning to read.
There are different types of captioning, and not all types of captioning fulfill all accessibility requirements.
Users who want to access closed captions need to understand how to turn them on from their televisions or media player. Include instructions for users in your course.
The easiest way to avoid requiring audio description in the example is to have a storyboard that the narrator follows that details visual information out loud.
The easiest and fasted way to add captioned content to you course is to locate videos that already have captions. A relatively small percentage of videos are captioned, but you can located them by filtering your search. In YouTube, enter your search term and then add a comma followed by cc. For example, searching for captioned videos on MOOCs, type "MOOC, cc" in the search box.
iTunes and Hulu both have filters to help you locate videos that have captions. Just because a video has captions doesn't make the actual content any better or worse than uncaptioned videos. Before adding a captioned video to your course, play it all the way through to ensure the captions are accurate and the content is what you are expecting.
You can caption any videos that you own, meaning you uploaded them to your YouTube account. YouTube's automatic captioning service provides a solid start to captioning your videos.
Having a storyboard is very important, even if you are making informal videos. Have an outline and what you are going to say typed out. This takes a little extra time up front, but it saves time in the long run. With a storyboard, you'll sound better in your video and you'll make fewer retakes. You'll also be able to copy and paste your narration into YouTube instead of retyping it into the caption editor.
Although YouTube's automatic captioning is far from perfect, it will get you 80 percent of the way there. The clearer your speaking voice and diction, the better results you'll get. The best part of the automatic captioning tool is the time codes are synched to your content. All you need to do is edit the existing text in each frame.
The Learn content editor can record video directly from your webcam and automatically upload it to YouTube. This gives everyone enrolled in your course a direct way to create and share video. To caption these videos, log into your YouTube account. Locate your video. Select a method to add your captions:
In all cases, when you have a storyboard or outline available, adding captions easier and faster.