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Beyond Compliance: A student-centered study on accessible and inclusive video captioning

Hillary Rexe, School of Media Studies & Information Technology
Project completion/publication date: 
April 16, 2016
Faculty members Hillary Rexe and Anne Zbitnew worked with a group of students from the Media Foundation program to determine how best to make video content in their courses universally inclusive and accessible. Two workshops, which were created and facilitated by Charles Silverman, a co-investigator from Ryerson School of Disability Studies, took place at Humber in March 2016. The workshops introduced participants to captioning video for inclusive design. The students learned about captioning history and grammar and experimented with software. Film and Television students Alex Valliancourt and Julian Zakrzewski made a video that documented the workshops. The investigation explored how learning to caption video affected the students’ perception of the importance of inclusive video content, and their responses will support further inquiry into accessible and inclusive design.