[Study] The Impact of Captions and Transcripts on Student Learning

October 24, 2019 BY JACLYN LEDUC
Updated: April 16, 2021

The accessibility committee at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) released a fascinating report which gives insight into student’s uses and perspectives of captions and interactive transcripts in online courses.

The USFSP accessibility committee was established to advise on accessibility best practices, create accessibility awareness, and explore accessibility initiatives for online learning. Karla Morris, M.Ed., Lyman Dukes, Ph.D., and Casey Frechette, Ph.D. who are part of the USFSP accessibility committee were integral to the study. They committed to learning more about the impact of accessibility on students, whether they have a disability or not.

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Lyman Dukes III, Ph.D., Karla Morris, M.Ed., and Casey Frechette, Ph.D from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, take us through the findings from an in-depth study on the use of captions and interactive transcripts in seven online courses.

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The results of the study revealed several things such as implications for students and instructional design and current and future opportunities for higher education institutions. Some notable findings from the report include:

  • 42 percent of students use closed captions to help maintain focus.
  • 38 percent of students use interactive transcripts to help with information retention.
  • Test scores increased by 3 percent for students who used closed captions.
  • Test scores increased by 8 percent for students who used interactive transcripts.

We are grateful to the USFSP accessibility committee for bringing forth this valuable research study that gives great insight into the impact of accessible programs in higher education.

This study is sponsored by 3Play Media and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Want more insight into the USFSP study? Download the report for full access.

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