Digital Accessibility Project

Did you know that many people who use video captions do not have hearing difficulties?

Captions are essential for people who have hearing difficulties. However, did you know that captions provide many other benefits?

Captions:

  • improve comprehension for students with English as a second language
  • allow students to play videos in sound-sensitive environments such as a noisy train or quiet library
  • reinforce learning concepts and unique vocabulary terms by enabling students to read text and hear audio together
  • help students understand dialogue that is spoken very quickly, with mumbling or background noise
  • make content easier to find, as students can search for spoken text.

As part of Deakin’s Digital Accessibility Project, we are currently working with Media Access Australia to develop a captioning strategy. This will include information on how to incorporate captioning as an inclusive practice across the University.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or suggestions around captioning, please contact either a member of the TeachAssist team or the Digital Accessibility Project team.

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