Captions will be automatically applied to your video, but it's a good idea to always double check the captions on your videos. Panopto makes it easy to correct any mistakes that you might find in your captions.
Researchers with 3PlayMedia discovered 75% of students use captions, and over a third of students use captions frequently. If you're wondering why, here's a short list of the most common reasons students use closed captions:
Unsurprisingly, the OEI rubric requires accurate captions for video and transcripts for audio files; which again, can benefit all students. There are some minor legal exceptions- such as one-time video/audio inside the LMS that is never repeated- but it is highly recommend to use captions for all video.
Make sure any third-party content (such as OER videos or publisher content) is captioned. Most YouTube videos are close captioned, but there are exceptions. Audio, such as a podcast, will need a transcript. Live broadcast and synchronous video conferences must include a means for displaying synchronized captions if requested.
Zoom is the tool we recommend for video conferencing with students, for virtual office hours, or for synchronous online class meetings. You can also request live captioning (contact your accessibility specialist or instructional technologist). Zoom integrates with Canvas and you can even upload recorded Zoom sessions into Panopto.