Online Lectures and Captioning

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Posting lectures online makes them available to students for review and improved accessibility throughout the term. The benefits are increased exponentially when lecture videos include captions or a transcript file, as it allows students to interact with the content in both an audio and written format. There are a number of ways to add captions to a video to increase it's accessibility, outlined below.


Automated Speech Recognition captions can be generated by Panopto for your videos.  Depending on the length of your video, your captions may appear in 8 hours or less or if your video is an hour or more in length, it may take 24 hours or more to generate the captions.  These captions should be reviewed for clarity and context.

Learn more about Captioning Panopto Videos!


Captions can be added to videos produced or uploaded into Canvas by:

  1. Click the CC icon on the video you want to add captions to in Canvas.
  2. Follow the prompts to upload a caption file.
    1. We recommend using or downloading Subtitle Edit to create caption files in either SRT or WebVTT format.

More Detail

A more detailed guide on how to caption videos in Canvas can be found here.

Why Captioned Lectures Matter

This video, courtesy of the UW DO-IT Center, emphasizes the importance of making lectures accessible online with captions.