West Texas A&M University
Universal Design for Online Materials

Closed Captioning and Transcripts

Why Captioning and Transcripts Matter

  • Captions are required to meet the WTAMU Web Accessibility Procedure as well at the Texas A&M System Policy.
  • Students with English as a Second Language (ESL) are better supported with synchronized text and video.
  • Usability and support of various learning style/preferences is maximized for all students, including students with disabilities.
  • Audio only Transcripts (text-versions of audio) are helpful but captions (text synchronized with video) provide a more complete experience.
  • Audio Narrative (text-versions of audio with a description of visual elements) help explain to blind students what they may be unable to see visually.
  • 10 Reasons Why Captioned Educational Video Is a Must

How to get Help with Captioning and Transcripts

The Academic Technology Department can help with Closed Captioning under certain circumstances. There are two parts to Closed Captioning: transcripts and time coding. Transcripts are the text-versions of audio and are needed first. Once Transcripts have been completed, they are then time coded to the video to sync the text-version with the spoken version so that as the video plays the words being spoken are shown along with the video. One additional piece is an audio narrative. This includes the text-version of the audio but also includes visual descriptive text for those who may not be able to see what is happening in a video.

Please contact ITS at 806.651.7904 to find out the best method for help with Closed Captioning (transcripts and time coding) and Audio Narratives.

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