- [Narrator] An important accessibility concept

is providing a text or typed representation of content

that is visual or oral in nature.

A video usually has qualities of both,

so to make it accessible for all of your learners,

it'll need captions as well as a transcript.

Captions usually appear at the bottom of the screen

and a transcript is usually a separate document.

Both are text-based and they provide a typed version

of the video's content.

Providing access to text-only versions of your videos

allows students unable to see or unable to hear the video

an opportunity to learn from it.

However, students who do their classwork in noisy settings

like cafes or in a very quiet setting like a library

often appreciate the text representations of videos.

They allow the students to access video content

at any time under a wide variety of circumstances.

Transcripts can also be useful study aids.

When you're ready to caption a video,

YouTube, a popular video hosting platform,

provides a user-friendly self-captioning feature.

It allows you to transcribe your video and it will

sync the transcription with the audio track

to produce captions.

If you usually work with a script when you record

your videos, YouTube also allows you to easily upload

your script as a transcript file.

YouTube can use the text in the file to create captions.

Other captioning options you might explore

are crowdsourcing and third party vendor options.

To crowdsource means to loosely organize a group of people

to work together to complete a task.

In this case, you could crowdsource your students

to caption your videos in YouTube.

You could also research third party vendors or companies

that specialize in video captioning.

They can be a good option when your videos need to be

captioned sooner than what crowdsourcing can provide.

Once your video is captioned and you have a transcript

to accompany it, your video is ready to be posted

in your learning management system.

In most instances, you can either link to the video

or embed it on the page.

Make sure your transcript is in an accessible document

format such as Microsoft Word or a text file

and post it near the video so that your students

can readily access it.