Now that many of us have transitioned to teaching online and are reusing our recorded class lectures, the Provost Office wants us to keep in high priority adding Closed Captioning. This makes recordings more accessible to students that are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Captioning also can improve comprehension by native and foreign-language speakers and help compensate for poor audio or background noise. As an institution of public accommodation, WVU has a responsibility to ensure that its programming is accessible for individuals with disabilities.
On the Health Sciences Campus, we use Panopto as an integrated tool for course video management and recording. With this tool, you can select any combination of slideshows, screen shares, camera feeds, and add Closed Captioning. We have created a simple tutorial video - Panopto Basic Editing for Creators - to walk you through the steps of adding Captions to your videos. Please note that automated and machine-generated captioning typically does not meet the standard required for effective accommodation and should be edited before being published.
If you have questions about how to implement Captions in Panopto, please contact SOLE Support. If you have specific questions about closed captioning and accessible media, please contact Jason.Kapcala@mail.wvu.edu in the WVU Office of Accessibility Services.
Lastly, if you are interested in using Panopto Recorder in your course, please complete the Panopto Access Request form. All SOLE sites must be approved to have Panopto enabled.
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