Media Captioning

At the University of Minnesota, all videos should include accurate captions. 

Accommodation Information For Instructors 

A media captioning accommodation means using captioned versions of all videos (lectures, clips, and films). The media captioning accommodation can also include transcripts when captions either aren’t applicable or are not available. 

If there is a student registered in your course using captioned media as a disability-related accommodation, you can submit a request through our DRC Instructor Portal and select the Request Media Captioning option. 

Below are some recommended options for providing a media captioning accommodation.

  1. Use the Kaltura captioning tool: For videos uploaded to Canvas in Kaltura, an efficient way to create captioned media is through Kaltura. When using Kaltura in Canvas and MediaSpace, videos are automatically closed captioned. As auto-generated captions do not meet accessibility standards, they then need to be reviewed and edited in order to meet the accommodation need. Learn how to edit captions with OIT’s guide on finding and editing captions
  2. Choose media that is accurately captioned (auto-generated and automatic captions do not meet accessibility standards). Including the word “captioned” into your online searches is an easy and often effective way to find captioned media. UMN Libraries are also a great resource for locating captioned material.
  3. Submit a request to caption your media to the DRC. Our office can also help with meeting media captioning needs. Please use our DRC Instructor Portal to make media captioning requests. It’s best if you make these requests as far in advance as possible. While we often can work within a short timeframe, receiving requests in advance will better ensure that the captioned media is available according to your course’s timeline.