Conestoga's Committment to Accessible Media
In an ongoing effort to meet the needs of our community, Conestoga is committed to providing captioning and describing web videos. Moving forward, the expectation is that:
- new videos are purchased with closed captioning and described video or with the permissions to add them
- appropriate permissions are obtained from the copyright holder prior to downloading and/or captioning any video found on the Internet
- Conestoga created videos will be captioned prior to upload/distribution
Who does this apply to?
This information applies to all staff, faculty, administrators, and third party providers for all areas of Conestoga who wish to post video online for use by Conestoga students.
What are the top reasons that Conestoga needs to caption?
Captioned videos allow you to:
- Make your content fully accessible to people who have hearing loss.
- Reach all members of our learning community, including visual learners.
- Compensate for noisy backgrounds or where sound isn’t allowed.
- Provide a solution for poor audio quality.
- Allow you to quickly browse the video by reading the associated text as you drag the controller
- View the correct spellings of people, places, and things.
- Catch details that normally go unnoticed.
- Meet or exceed compliance with the W3C Web Accessibility Guidelines adapted by the AODA in Ontario.
- Provide additional support for people who are learning English as a second language.
What is Captioning?
Closed captioning displays audio as text on-screen synchronized with the dialogue of the speaker.
What difference does captioning and visual description make to a person who is hard of hearing or deaf?
The video, “Why Captioned Media?” provides a useful example of the added benefit of closed captioning.
Why is a transcript not enough?
Transcripts are only appropriate if there is no way a video can be captioned fast enough. Try reading a transcript and watching a video silently at the same time. Much of the meaning will be lost to the viewer because it is impossible to properly review two different formats at the same time.
Can an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter just interpret the video for the student?
- It is difficult for an ASL interpreter to keep up with the pace of a video which usually moves along more quickly than regular conversation.
- It is difficult for a student to watch an interpreter and a video at the same time.
What is the process for captioning at Conestoga?
Faculty will be alerted to the need to caption videos through an Accommodation Letter or request, usually emailed to the faculty. The Accommodation letter will request captioning of all videos and turning on captioning for all videos shown in class.
Faculty should contact the Media Technician in the Library to discuss the options for captioning non-faculty created videos. Be aware that the process for captioning a video may be lengthy.
To learn about how an instructor can create captions for videos delivered through eConestoga, please contact eConestoga@conestogac.on.ca.
What is described video?
Described Video is a secondary audio stream that describes nonverbal actions and graphics displaying on-screen during a video. This allows Visually Impaired Persons to understand actions, illustrations, and other visual elements of a media object.
What is the process around described video?
Faculty will be alerted to the presence of a low vision or blind student in their class through an Accommodation Letter. The Accommodation Letter will request that all videos be reviewed to see if described video is necessary. Some videos are highly descriptive already. The student can review the material ahead of time to ensure they can access all of the content.
Faculty should contact the Media Technician in the Library to discuss the options for descriptive audio for non-faculty created videos. Be aware that the process may be lengthy.
To learn about how an instructor can create a description track for videos delivered through eConestoga, please contact eConestoga@conestogac.on.ca.
If a descriptive video accommodation has been received from Accessibility Services, descriptive audio must be turned on in every class
Who can help me with this process?
- The Library’s Media Technician
- Jennevie Orio-Bebel ext. 2808
- The Adaptive Technology Lab
- Su Lyttle ext. 3643
- Chanh Lam ext. 3783
Copyright and Captioning
Written permission from the copyright owner is required before any audiovisual work can be closed-captioned. For more information about copyright-related to audiovisual materials please see our copyright guide or contact the Library’s Media Technician Jennevie Orio-Bebel.