Closed-Captioned Videos | Student Accessibility Services (SAS) | Kent State University

Closed-Captioned Videos

Classroom Accommodations 

If a student is approved for the closed captioning accommodation, SAS will work with you to caption materials.

FACULTY COMMUNICATION

The time frame of SAS’s communication with you can vary depending on when the student registers for classes. If students request their course accessibility letter prior to the start of the semester, you will receive an additional email from SAS asking you to complete our Closed Captioning form for video materials (e.g., YouTube links, DVDs, & narrated PowerPoints) needing captioned. Students change schedules, schedule late, and/or drop and classes with the regularity of any other student and are responsible for initiating their course accessibility letter every semester. 

WHY DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE CLOSED-CAPTIONED VIDEOS?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires all media used or purchased by public agencies receiving federal/state funds be accessible. Captioned material not only complies with ADA law, in providing equally accessible material to all students regardless of their disability, it also fulfills the spirit of Universal Design.

Request Process

For students approved for the captioning accommodation and currently enrolled in your course, complete our Closed Captioning formSAS will review and respond to requests during regular business hours, Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, within 2 business days. Please allow at least 5 business days to order and upload captions. 

If your videos are in Blackboard Learn, you may be asked to add a SAS employee to your course as a course builder. If your videos are stored in Kaltura, SAS can easily order captioning from our vendor. You will need to provide a list of video titles and the owner's username in the description box found on the form. 

YOUTUBE

The auto generated captioning used in YouTube is not ADA compliant. It often has misspelled words and missing punctuation. Contact Shannon Cowling for more information on YouTube captioning. 

RESOURCES FOR CLOSED-CAPTIONED VIDEOS

Refer to Kent State University Library Licensed Streaming Video Resources for captioned content. 

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

Please contact Shannon Cowling, Assistant Director, Operations at scowlin1@kent.edu or (330) 672-3611.