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Why Make Multimedia Accessible?

Videos are increasingly utilized in the classroom. By making videos accessible to a greater audience, we ensure that all participants can access the content being shared. Accessible videos include captions, a transcript, an audio description, and employ an accessible media player.

Provided on this page are several resources on how to make Multimedia accessible. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have a recommendation or guide request, please reach out to us.

For opportunities to learn more about creating accessible content, consider attending a Proactive Accessibility Certificate Workshop Series.

If you need additional support, please email the Instructional Accessibility Group.

Email the Instructional Accessibility Group

Making Multimedia Accessible: What Doesn't Work

The following list consists of the most common issues that make multimedia content inaccessible and quick steps for how to avoid them:

  • Only providing subtitles; subtitles only transcribe the spoken language therefore some valuable auditory elements are not conveyed
    • Instead: provide accurate closed captions to offer a more comprehensive understanding of the video
  • Inserting media with Microsoft tools; the built in media players for Microsoft PowerPoint are inaccessible
    • Instead: embed videos from accessible media players like YouTube
  • Providing inaccurate or auto-generated captions and transcripts; errors in the text-alternative can impede the understandability of multimedia
    • Instead: edit captions and transcripts before distributing your content
  • Providing transcripts without timestamps; timestamps provide a roadmap to the transcript and related audio
    • Instead: provide captions with timestamps at 15 second intervals
  • Displaying visuals in a video with no alternative; visuals in videos need to be given proper support to be understood by students using screen readers
    • Instead: explain visuals during recording or retroactively add audio description

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