Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching

Captioning and Assistive Technology


Captioning refers to adding subtitles to media and allows students that are deaf or hard of hearing to participate within an online or traditional classroom setting. Adding captions to your classroom can also be helpful for lesson comprehension, improving literacy, and increasing vocabulary for all students. Captioning services are offered campus wide to faculty through the Malone Center to ensure that we remain in compliance with the ADA and Section 504. Media that can be submitted include, but are not limited to: DVDs, Podcasts, and PowerPoint Presentation or Google slides with narration. In order to ensure that each request is fulfilled in a timely manner, each faculty member must submit a request no less than 3 weeks in advance from when the media is needed. The Captioning Request form can be found below.

Average Time for Captioning Request Completion

Using Canvas Studio for Captioning

In Canvas Studio, uploaded media includes auto-generated captions by default. The automatic tool uses technology to transcribe media file language with 85% accuracy.

Instructions for adding and editing auto-generating captions to a media file in Canvas Studio

If you need additional help adding or editing captions for your media, please contact Barbara Ann Lewis in the Malone Center.

Rush Requests

Rush captioning requests are captions or transcripts with a ‘date needed by’ less than two weeks from the submission date. These requests may need to be processed through a captioning vendor, which will be charged to the instructor’s department.

The cost of these services is as follows:

Rush Request Cost Table

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology provides an accommodation for students that may require an alternative method of learning than what is typically provided in the traditional classroom. The Malone Center partners with Access and Compliance to ensure that each student registered for their services obtains the necessary software or assistive device needed to excel academically. We also provide software that can assist faculty with instruction, providing transcriptions of lectures, and adding narrations and quizzes to presentations, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking and Camtasia Studio. Each semester a workshop will be offered to catch a better glimpse into how each of these softwares can be beneficial to your classroom. Individual trainings are also available. For further information about captioning services or assistive technology, please contact the Malone Center directly.

Captioning Request