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Video Captioning Requirements

ECU is committed to providing accessible technology and educational resources. ECU requires authors of both official and unofficial faculty and staff websites at "ecu.edu" to comply with accessibility requirements mandated by federal and state law. Accordingly, the university has adopted Web Accessibility Standards based on the Section 508 and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

According to the ECU Video Captioning Requirements, video content publicly available on the ECU website must contain closed captioning. Academic units and departments are responsible for providing closed captioning of video content. Video content can be recorded using a variety of recording tools, some of which offer text-to-speech features to add closed captioning (i.e., YouTube). Below are some options for closed captioning services and software for creating your own closed captioning.

Video Captioning Requirements

The audio portion of a video presentation is inaccessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing unless it includes captions. Captions are on-screen text descriptions that display a video product's dialogue, identify speakers, and describe other relevant sounds that are otherwise inaccessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Captions are synchronized with the video image so that viewers have equivalent access to the content that is originally presented in sound, regardless of whether they receive that content via audio or text. The benefits of closed captioning include improving clear communication for all users, improved Search Engine Optimization and content re-usability.

    Public Video Content

    Video content publicly available on the ECU website must contain closed captioning. Video content can be recorded using a variety of recording tools, some of which offer text-to-speech features to add closed captioning (i.e., YouTube). Academic units and departments are responsible for ensuring that public video content on the ECU website contains closed captioning. The current cost of closed captioning is approximately $200 per hour of content. Departments should submit a Video Captioning Request form through the IT service request system.

      Course Content with Restricted Access

      Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to develop accessible course content, including documents, web pages and multimedia. The UDL framework helps content developers create content that meets the needs of all learners from the start. Courses with video content that have restricted access via ECU supported learning platforms will be handled on a case-by-case basis.