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 Faculty Guide Closed Captioning Request Form

Closed captioning content review steps

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

Yes, this content is accessible

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 if this content is accessible

Investigate if the video has CC. If so, is it accurate and are the captions synchronized with 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, this content is not accessible

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 Sam Lohmann, reference  librarian, for assistance in locating accessible materials. Contact Sam Lohman at sam.lohmann@wsu.edu.

  • Consider an alternate course material that meets your learning objectives and is accessible.
  • For short online videos, faculty are encouraged to close caption videos on their own using a system called Amara. Learn how Amara works (video).
  • Submit the Closed Captioning Request Form. It typically takes at least two weeks before the captioned video is available. Longer videos may need more time.