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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:

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:

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?

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?

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.

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