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Supporting Effective Teaching Experiences with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Importance of Captioning Media

Have you had issues with captioning and media used in the classroom?

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Rachel Rabenn
Biomedical Science
Photo of Rachel RabennVideos that aren’t captioned, yes. Even though I guess that it is a rule at RIT that they all have to be captioned that’s not always the case, or an assignment is given to us where we have to watch a video and answer questions and the video is not captioned. And then we’re falling behind because we can’t do the assignment until the video is captioned and it takes a long time so make sure videos are captioned.

Gabriel Ponte-Fleary
Visual Media
Photo of Gabriel Ponte-FlearyWell the only problem is sometimes the movies do not have captioning. It is a big issue because I do have an interpreter, but without captioning it is hard to look at the interpreter for the information and try to get my eyes back to the movie in time to see what the interpreter was just talking about and then hurry up and look back at the interpreter for the next bit of information. You will either miss some of the interpreter or the movies’ visual information. So, when there is captioning it is a perfect, easy to watch the movie and follow the story smoothly. Sometimes most professors know they have to add captioning to their in-class media and sometimes the technology messes up or they can’t find a video with captions, but if you can’t find a captioned version you can’t show it! It is not fair to us even if there is just one deaf student in the class, it’s not fair. The interpreter can help, but we will miss information looking back and forth and that is weird.