Best Practices for Accessible Instructional Videos


Presented at 11:45am in Standley II Lab on Friday, November 18, 2016.



  • Jackie Luft, Ed.D., Online Accessibility Specialist, Texas Tech University
  • Ian Wilkinson, Education Projects Specialist, Texas Tech University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference


Instructional videos are a common and useful way to dispense knowledge to learners. This hour-long training will provide a step-by-step plan to create videos that includes a consideration of planning, technical basics, recording software, Universal Design of Learning, accessibility and efficient ways of sharing instructional video.


Instructors often use videos to dispense content to learners. Although many feel a typical recorded class lecture is sufficient to convey knowledge, this presentation outlines a step-by-step process which will help ensure both effectiveness and accessibility for learners. Sub-topics of planning and technical basics include: video objectives, longevity, lighting, audio, the need for practice, and various tools to be used for recording. Simple ways to include accessibility features will include easy captioning with a transcript, including audio descriptions and suggestions on how to implement Universal Design of Learning. Finally, participants will be instructed on ways to effectively share instructional videos, both free sites and examples of instructional video at Texas Tech.


  1. Instructional Video
  2. Captioning
  3. Audio Description

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Assistive Technology, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jackie Luft, Ed.D.

Jackie L. Luft, Ed.D. is the Accessibility Specialist for Texas Tech Worldwide eLearning where she works with our instructional design team to ensure all our online courses are ADA complaint. Her experience before joining Texas Tech includes both public K-12 and higher education settings, including both face-to-face and online instruction, consultation and administration. Dr. Luft has one child in high school and one in college. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoors excursions (she recently hiked across the Continental Divide), surfing Pinterest for craft ideas, and spending time with her Labrador Retrievers Elvis and Buddy and her cat Zorro.

Ian Wilkinson

Ian enjoys all aspects of technology. After a childhood spent taking apart watches, clocks, the Atari, and helping his musician father set up sound systems, moving into technology was a natural progression.


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