Accessible media will have 3 elements. Accessible notes or slides (if creating a narrated PowerPoint), audio descriptions, and captions.
If you are creating a narrated PowerPoint, creating accessible slides should be your first step.
Learners should have access to any text transcripts, accessible slides, accessible PDFs, and other accessible visual aids for any videos in the course.
When possible, always try to provide these resources.
Audio-described videos or alternative videos with embedded audio descriptions should be available when a video includes essential information on the screen. Watch the Audio Descriptions video to learn when to use audio descriptions and how to incorporate them into your videos.
Treat your videos like podcasts from the beginning – If I can’t see it, can I hear it, and if I can’t hear it, can I see it?
When using YouTube videos for your course, please review the closed captions for accuracy. You can also search for captioned videos by using Amara Captioned Videos. What is Amara? Amara provides access to crowd-sourced captions and subtitles for YouTube videos.
It does not matter where the captions are obtained. We believe faculty members should always review the captions for the content they are sharing with learners.
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