Educational Videos are incomplete without Closed Captions

educational videos are in complete without CC

Over the years, the way education has been imparted has changed quite a bit. From blackboards and chalks to whiteboards and pens, education has come a long way. Video presentations bring in a lot more creativity to the way educational institutions impart teaching. It adds value to the learning experience by being able to be specific, flexible, and text searchable. This has also led to more and more educational institutions move out of the traditional classroom setting and going online. In order to make these video presentations accessible to deaf and hard of hearing individuals, the US Congress made it compulsory that all live and post production videos incorporate closed captions in their presentations and lectures, providing users with a text alternative for every important piece of information shared in the video. This would help users get a complete experience of the happenings on screen even when the sound is disabled.

Apart from being a boon for people with disabilities, educational videos with closed captions help students understand the content better especially when the speaker is incomprehensible, accented, when the audio is distorted, or even in noisy environments.

With the number of international students in the United States growing year-over-year, and with most of them coming from non-English speaking countries, closed captions help them understand the important concepts taught, especially when the subject tends to be technical.

Captions can be a motivating way to build the literacy rate and reading skills of students, and can be a great value add in teaching learners from diverse backgrounds.

Apart from helping students comprehend the information shared with them in the videos, captions also help with details like terminology and spellings, help improve the student’s focus, ability to retain information, and improve test scores.

Also, adding closed captions to videos puts powerful search features in the hands of the viewers adding a tremendously valuable characteristic to the video archive helping viewers find specific topics.

Empowering video assets with closed captions not only benefits students with disabilities, but also has immense potential and can be considerably helpful in improving the learning abilities of those with no disability.