Captions can benefit the student experience in a number of ways. They are critical for students with hearing loss, but can also lead to better engagement, better grades, and help non-expert users of English understand their learning materials.

Opportunity for free professional captioning

Accessibility Services and the Inclusive Practices team are currently seeking expressions of interest for free professional captioning of any existing videos in your Canvas subject sites. Professional captioning is created by a human – as opposed to automatic captioning, which is created by AI. The captioner will create new, more accurate, captions for your videos. Videos may include lecture recordings, explainer videos, welcome videos, podcasts, or any other media you’ve created to share with your students.

Most videos uploaded to UTS Canvas are automatically captioned (when uploaded and embedded using Kaltura/My Media). However, automatic captions are not always accurate, which can result in confusion for most students. Inaccurate captions can also make your videos entirely inaccessible to some students.

What kinds of videos can be used?

To be eligible for professional captioning, the videos you nominate should be:

If you have videos in your Canvas sites that you think would benefit from more accurate captions, let us know by completing this form by Saturday 15 June 2024: Expression of Interest for Professional Captioning of Videos in Canvas.

More support for captions

For more information about captions and transcripts, view the Using captions resource collection, or submit an Inclusive Practices ServiceConnect ticket.

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