New Research Study Published: How Colleges Nationwide Are Handling Captioning

December 12, 2016 BY LILY BOND
Updated: January 4, 2018

87% of institutions add closed captions to at least some videos

In October, we released part one of a two-part research study on closed captioning in higher education, which covered how and why students use closed captioning for learning.

We’re excited to announce the release of part two, which is now available for download.

The newly-released study, entitled “Implementation of & Solutions for Closed Captioning in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education,” is the largest IRB-approved study on institutional implementation of closed captioning.

Conducted by Dr. Katie Linder, the Research Director at Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit, in collaboration with 3Play Media, the 70-page study compiles data collected from 47 higher education institutions in the US, including public and private institutions across 4-year, 2-year, and professional schools.

This report sheds light on many critical issues surrounding accessibility and the rapidly growing implementation of closed captioning in higher education.

Topics covered in the study include:

  • Whether institutions are prioritizing captioning
  • How institutions are budgeting for closed captioning
  • Whether captioning efforts are being centralized
  • The people and departments involved in captioning decisions
  • Whether colleges and universities are meeting legal requirements for captioning
  • How much captioning is currently being done
  • A comparison of captioning practices for face-to-face, online, and institutional purposes
  • Awareness of captioning across campus
  • The biggest barriers to captioning in higher education

You can see highlighted stats from the report on the study landing page and download the full 70-page study at the link below.

Download the full report

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