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Posting lectures online makes them available to students for review and improved accessibility throughout the term. The benefits are increased exponentially when lecture videos include captions or a transcript file, as it allows students to interact with the content in both an audio and written format. There are a number of ways to add captions to a video to increase it's accessibility, outlined below.

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Captions can be added to videos produced on TechSmith Relay by:

  1. Select the video to which you would like to add captions.
  2. Click the CC icon displayed underneath the video.
  3. You can choose "Generate Captions" or "Create Captions Manually". 

    titleProblems with Auto-generated Captions

    Note: If you choose to have captions auto-generated, you may want to proof-read the captions and check them for accuracy.


Captions can be added to videos produced or uploaded into Canvas by:

  1. Click the CC icon on the video you want to add captions to in Canvas.
  2. Follow the prompts to upload a caption file.
    1. We recommend using or downloading Subtitle Edit to create caption files in either SRT or WebVTT format, which can be downloaded here.
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A more detailed guide on how to caption videos in Canvas can be found here.

Why Captioned Lectures Matter

This video, courtesy of the UW DO-IT Center, emphasizes the importance of making lectures accessible online with captions.

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"Captioning Lecture Capture Videos: A Promising Teaching Practice" by University of Washington DO-IT licensed under CC BY 3.0

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