Distributed Learning Technologies

Reach Captions

Starting in Summer 2016, videos uploaded to Kaltura will now receive automated closed captioning.

Improved accessibility benefits all students, who can view closed captions and search for videos based on caption content. A new video player, coming soon, will provide additional features including searchable transcripts that sync with the video being played.

As Kaltura describes this service(opens in new window), "Every classroom video experience benefits from captioning and transcription through increased video accessibility, enhanced learning retention, richer user engagement, in video and across library search."

Currently, only English-language videos are supported. If the machine transcription service produces erroneous captions, faculty can submit a ticket(opens in new window) to request assistance from the Office of Accessible Technology and Services.

A separate project is investigating options to caption pre-existing videos.