Grants for Captioning Multimedia Now Available for Instructors

Example of video captioning

The photo above is an example of captioning of a video clip of Beverly Jones Williams, director of outreach and education in OIED.

As NC State faculty integrate multimedia into their courses more and more, it is imperative that courses are captioned. Captioning refers to the process of adding text captions to media that uses audio. Captions ensure that students who need them as a disability-related accommodation are able to access course content.

Captioning also offers other benefits, including improved accessibility for non-native English speakers, improved reading comprehension, literacy skills and search capabilities. IT Accessibility recommends proactively captioning all class multimedia as part of your efforts to create an inclusive learning environment. As a general rule, captioning should be considered whenever you use multimedia.

Captioning Grants Now Available for 2018-19

To assist faculty members, IT Accessibility sponsors the NC State Captioning Grant to provide funds for video captioning for official university classes:

  • that have a student with a disability that requires video captioning as an accommodation; or
  • for which the instructor wants to proactively caption multimedia.

Faculty can apply for the captioning grant anytime during the academic year by completing and submitting the Captioning Grant Application Form. Applications to meet the needs of a student with a disability will be processed immediately.

For more information, contact Crystal Tenan, NC State’s IT accessibility coordinator, at or 919.513.4087.