August 21, 2011

Closed Captioning Befits Students with Hearing Impairments, Second-Language English Speakers


The rapid growth of lecture capture and distance education in higher education is raising fresh concerns about accessibility, since it's difficult--if not impossible--for hearing-impaired students to use these tools effectively. As a result, many colleges and universities are renewing their focus on closed captioning as a viable solution.

While the impetus for closed captioning stems from a desire to accommodate students with hearing issues, schools are also discovering that closed captioning has broader appeal, particularly among students for whom English is a second language. And for the rest of the students on campus, there's one other big benefit: It allows them to search captured content quickly, by enabling keyword searches.

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