Making sure online content is accessible to all is not only imperative for reaching our audiences but is also a priority across campus. Michigan State University has asked all staff to make sure their online content (web pages and online course materials) conforms to WCAG 2.0 AA standards. To learn more about web accessibility at Michigan State University visit the MSU Web Access Website.
There are many options for captioning your recorded Zoom webinars and videos. Several methods are described below. If you have a request from a client that cannot access a video due to a lack of captions, please contact Gwyn Shelle immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited amount of support is available for captioning video content for MSU Extension staff at potentially no-cost or a minimal cost. For this service, you must be flexible in terms of the amount of time it will take to create the captions. To request assistance, go to the MSU Extension Captioning Assistance Form.
|MSU Extension Captioning Request Form|
If you are are budgeting for a program or project which includes online video content or recorded webinars, it is suggested that you include funds for captioning.
Michigan State University offers discounted 3rd party captioning with two providers including CaptionSync and Rev.com with prices ranging from $1.00 to $2.59 per minute. Both providers offer a convenient option with a quick turnaround. You will be responsible for reviewing the captions to ensure accuracy (especially videos with technical information) and will need to upload the caption file to where you are hosting your video. For more details go to the Hiring a Third Party Captioning Service page on the MSU Web Access site.
There are many free to low cost options for captioning your own videos. Captioning is time intensive and takes a medium-level of expertise. Following are some options:
Following is a short tutorial on captioning in YouTube and Camtasia: Creating Your Own YouTube/Camtasia Captions. For training on any of these applications please contact Gwyn Shelle at email@example.com.
MSU Extension staff who are thinking about offering an online course may contact Gwyn Shelle, MSU Extension Instructional Technology Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with planning an online course, the development of content, instructional design strategies, and accessibility.
Watch the following videos to learn more about the importance of accessibility in our work within MSU Extension: