Accessibility FAQ

Question: I already created a series of audio presentations for my course. How do I arrange to have transcripts made?

  • Option 1: Do it yourself. Type a transcript while listening to the presentation and then share with students.
  • Option 2: Hire a service to create the transcripts. There will be a service fee and it will take time to create. Contact Instructional Design & Technology for assistance.
  • Option 3: If an office assistant or work study is available, have them type up the transcript.
  • Option 4: Ask for student volunteers as an extra credit project. Students would be immersed in the content while providing a valuable service to you and future students. For longer presentations, consider dividing the slides among several volunteers to ease the workload while broadening the learning experience.
Question: I will be creating a narrated presentation. What is the easiest way of obtaining a transcript?

During the planning process for an audio presentation, create a script for each slide. The script then becomes your transcript. To avoid sounding boring and monotonous, use the script as a guide rather than a verbatim translation. Transcripts don’t need to duplicate what is being said. Rather, a transcript should be sufficiently accurate to provide an equivalent experience to those unable to hear the audio presentation and the points being made.

Question. What about videos? How do I make those accessible?

Videos must be closed captioned. There are services that will do this. Contact Instructional Design & Technology for assistance.

Question: What if it is a video I didn't create?

Third party videos, those not created by you, may fall under copyright law and require due diligence before submitting for captioning. Before using such videos, determine whether a transcript exists by contacting the author or publisher. If a captioned version or transcript does not exist, ask for permission to create such a resource. Be sure to keep written copies of any permissions received.