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Improve Literacy Using Captions and Subtitles.
Educators are aware that adding closed captions to video course materials improves test scores and academic performance for all students, not only those with disabilities. For example, Robert Keith Collins, an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, discovered that when he included closed captions in course videos, his students’ grades increased on average by one full letter grade.
But even more fundamental is the ability to improve literacy using captions and subtitles. A randomized controlled trial examined the impacts of captions on reading comprehension skills of secondary school students in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Students using captioned media scored significantly higher than students in the comparison condition.
Studies clearly indicate that video captioning and subtitles can help improve:
- Reading speed and fluency
- Word knowledge
- Vocabulary acquisition
- Word recognition
- Listening comprehension
How Important are Captions?
“A small thing that has a staggering impact on people’s lives.” – Bill Clinton
This video features former President Bill Clinton recognizing the value of captions (described here as same-language subtitling).
A Neilsen and PlanetRead research study found that the use of subtitles on TV doubled the number of functional early-age readers.
Tips To Improve Literacy Using Captions and Subtitles
- Entertaining, brief videos tend to have less challenging vocabulary and your students will still receive the literacy benefits of reading while listening.
- Providing information both textually and through the use of video is engaging for students.
- Consider recommending that students and their parents turn on captions or subtitles at home to maximize exposure to reading.
Benefits of Closed Captioning Requirements
- Adherence to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- Making videos accessible to English as a 2nd language (ESL) viewers.
- Creating searchable video content.
- Increase student engagement through an interactive experience.
- Using keywords improve content discovery for better learning outcomes.
- Organizing and managing captioning initiatives across departments/campus.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Highlights and Overview
- IDEA overview and history
- Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education
- Section 508 Compliance Overview
- Summary of 508 Compliance Standards
- Section 508 Guide for E-learning and Multimedia Technology
- GSA Tutorials, Guidance and Checklists for multimedia
- Alliance for Technology Access
- Equal Access: Design of Distance Education Learning Program
- ADA, Title III Regulations