How to Make Your Video Lecture Accessible – Part 1

With growing demand for online courses, instructors are incorporating video lectures to give students the flexibility to learn at their own pace, increase engagement, and assess student performance. However, lecture videos must be accessible to provide learning opportunities to all students. Here are some ways you need to make your video lectures accessible.



One of the most well-known ways to be accessible, captions allows students with hearing impairments to watch videos and follow along by reading the corresponding captions. The accuracy of speech-to-text capabilities, and whether or not the platform prompts you when captions are not aligned with captioning guidelines are the things to consider when captioning your content. “Authoring tools shall provide a mode of operation that prompts authors to create content that conforms to the success criteria for supported features and file formats,” according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Non-ADA compliant captions need to be highlighted so they can be edited, and lectures can be held so they aren’t published until final approval. It is important that captions can be easily viewed in the Learning Management System and providing a transcript is advisable as well.

No Mouse Required

A video player must be usable by keyboard for it to be accessible to those with visual impairments, and a not mouse. It must be navigable by a screen-reading device that allows the student to ‘tab’ through options to pause, replay, fast forward, or adjust the volume and the compatibility must include the ability to read words (and images) on the screen and let the viewer choose which buttons to click. For the visually impaired to know exactly how to interpret the image, everything image-based must have some form of text associated with it. Any interactive features or quiz questions must also be compatible with a keyboard and available for a screen reader.

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