Captioning Support and Multimedia Accessibility

Video or multimedia plays an important role in classroom teaching and business communication. Per Section 508, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Success Criterion 1.2.2 , and CSU Policy, the accessibility guidelines for multimedia materials such as, video or audio instructions or tutorials should include captions or transcripts.

Captioning Support for Multimedia Materials

At San Jose State University, we follow CSU Captioning Priotization Guidance to provide captioning support for multimedia materials.

A collection of accessible videos created by SJSU faculty and staff is now available for your use at SJSU. You may peruse this list, preview the video, and use any appropriate accessible video in your teaching.

Do-It-Yourself Multimedia Resources

Searching for Videos with Captions

Live Transcription for Slide Presentations

If you use slide presentations in your teaching, meeting or events, you can use Google Slides or Microsoft Presentation Translator add-in to add live transcription to your slide presentation in real time. Live transcription will not only help those who may be deaf or hard of hearing but enhance comprehension for all students/audience. See live transcription instructions  [pdf] for more details.

Please make sure you have microphone, test the transcription accuracy and appropriateness prior to implementation. 

Guidelines and the laws in compliance with accessible multimedia are provided below in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) format. They are grouped in four sub-categories. 

General - Definition and Laws

Faculty’s Responsibilities

Captioning Support - Full Service and Do-It-Yourself Option

Publisher’s Responsibility