Online learning will rapidly become one of the most cost-effective ways to educate the world’s expanding workforce. (Jack Messman)

Benefits To Your Learners From Closed Captions & Subtitles

If you’re new to eLearning I’m sure you’re asking –

🙶 What are closed captions and subtitles?🙷

🙶 What’s the difference?🙷

Closed Captions

The text version of an eLearning course dialogue


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How Closed Captions Benefits Learners

Research has shown a 7% increase in learning retention and outcomes as a consequence of closed captioning.

Closed captioning boosts learning retention and comprehension by facilitating –

  • Learner focus
  • Information retention
  • Compensation for poor quality audio & video
  • When speakers have an accent
  • Noise in the learning environment

35% of millennials consider Training and Development as the top benefit they would want from their employer.

Video Accessibility & Universal Design For Learning

Closed captioning gives greater course accessibility to learners who are –

  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Learners with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Dyslexia

What’s Universal Design for Learning (UDL)?

To put it in context, an architect uses Universal Design principles. This means that a building is designed to meet the needs of people regardless of age, ability or disability.

Video accessibility using captions and Universal Design for Learning(UDL) work together. This is an inclusive approach to course design which recognizes that learners differ naturally in how they process information.

Course Transcripts

Generating course transcripts significantly improve course accessibility and are an important part of Universal Design for Learning.

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg 2019 study showed that interactive transcripts improved student test scores by 8%.

The benefits are increased –

  • Learner focus
  • Comprehension of course subject matter
  • Information retention