Disability Services for Students

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Resources to caption course materials


YouTube is a great place to store videos for your class and offers options for adding captioning to your videos

How Caption Your Own: add new subtitles or closed captions

  • Visit your Video Manager and click the drop-down menu next to the “Edit” button for the video you’d like to add captions to
  • Select Subtitles and CC
  • Select the original language of the video from the drop-down menu (160 languages)
  • Click the Add subtitles or CCbutton
  • Choose the language of the subtitles or CC you would like to create
  • If you have already started working on that language, you will be brought directly to your draft
  • Otherwise, choose one of the following options: “Create new subtitles or CC”, “Transcribe and set timings”, or “Upload a file”. Details below.

Tutorial video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJGiS83eQLk

URI Internal Resource and Procedure:
Office of Online Education

The Office of Online Education is proud to offer video captioning and podcast transcription! If you use self-made, short videos or podcasts (ideally 10 minutes or less) in your online or blended course and would like captioning or transcription, they can help!

  1. Two weeks in advance of needed captions:
  2. Please email  onlineeducationuri@gmail.com
  3. put “Caption request” in the subject line, and
  4. provide the following information:
    1. your contact info
    2. course title and number
    3. Fully online or blended
    4. file type and length
    5. date needed
    6. any special instructions

Please note: ADA law requires that caption and transcript accommodations be available for students with disabilities. However, you often won’t know if such a student will appear on your roster until the beginning of a semester. For this reason, we urge you to submit your request in advance of this possibility. As a matter of best practices, the Office of Online Education recommends that you make at least the first two weeks of your online or blended course fully accessible to avoid last-minute juggling to fulfill accommodation requests.





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