Closed Captioning Checklist

Closed captions may be legally required in order for videos to be accessible for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. However, it is best practice to include closed captions any time you are creating a video because they are beneficial to all viewers. Many students use closed captions when learning vocabulary and comprehension, as well as for viewing in sound-sensitive environments. The University of Maryland's media management system, Panopto, can provide your video with machine-generated closed captions. Instructions for enabling and editing automated captions can be found in the article, Panopto Automatic Machine Captioning.

Use the following checklist to edit and improve the captioning of your videos to benefit all viewers.  

Adapted from Cielo24: Updated WCAG 2.0 for Video Accessibility, 2017.

For more information, view the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.