When is captioning needed?

If the sole means of distributing the content takes place via audio or video podcast, captioning or a transcript must be provided as an equivalent alternative for students with visual or auditory disabilities. For example, if you are teaching an online course and you are using a recorded video lecture content as the sole means of distributing content to enrolled students, then you must provide captioning.

In addition, if a recording will be saved and reused in future courses, captioning is also required.

If the audio or video podcast is an alternative form of content that was already disseminated to students through classroom lecture or other text-based content, no transcript or captioning is required.