Closed captioning

WSU Vancouver is committed to providing equitable access to course materials. A student with a disability should be able to obtain information as fully, equally and independently as a student without a disability.

If an enrolled student receives closed captioning as an accommodation through the Access Center, it is required that all assigned videos and media have closed captioning.

It is the responsibility of the faculty to find out if assigned videos are closed captioned.

Closed captioning content review steps

1. Is this online content (video, article etc.) accessible?

  • Yes—Do not assume that materials (such as Youtube videos) are accurately closed captioned because they have a CC icon. To be certain, turn the CC on, turn the volume off, and watch the video to see if you can follow it.
  • Unsure—Investigate whether or not the video has CC, and if so, is it accurate and do the captions syncronize and match the video? Do not assume that materials (such as Youtube videos) are accurately closed captioned because they have a CC icon. To be certain, turn the CC on, turn the volume off, and watch the video to see if you can follow it.
  • No—Remove inaccessible materials. Materials are not to be made available to any students until they are made accessible for all students. For example, if a video is not closed captioned, do not post it on Blackboard until it has been captioned.

2. If answer is "Unsure" or "No"

Consult with Sue Phelps, Health Sciences and Outreach Services Librarian, for assistance in locating accessible materials.

  • Consider an alternate course material that meets your learning objectives and is accessible.
  • For short online videos faculty are always encouraged to close caption videos on their own using a system called Amara. Learn how Amara works (video).
  • Faculty may submit a closed captioning request to IT, however, ample time is needed to caption the material. Typically IT requires receiving the request two weeks before the video is posted/made available to the class. For especially long videos more time may be required.