Captioning Instructions

Not all learning has to be complex, high-tech, or highly interactive to be effective. Sometimes it’s essential to stick to the basics and understand what it is you are trying to accomplish, and attack it using the most direct path possible. That was the goal of this particular learning experience—I had developed a process to allow tutors in our campus writing center to help us caption videos for instructor classes.

A simple training was most effective, with directions on how to compete the captioning, along with a variety of sources to show captioning best practices, using UDL. An interactive element was designed in as well—since we were in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I encouraged learners to ask questions of each other and go though the training as a group, since they all spent time in the same Zoom room all day anyway.