New Research: Captions & Interactive Transcripts Improve Student Test Scores




  • Elisa Lewis, Content Marketing Manager, 3Play Media

Session Details

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


This session will cover the results of a study conducted by the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (USFSP) in collaboration with 3Play Media on the impact of closed captions and interactive transcripts on retention, comprehension, and test scores.


Learn how closed captioning and interactive transcripts impact student learning. The research presented during this session originated from several pilot studies by the accessibility committee at USFSP to understand the value of captioning online courses.

In this presentation, you will discover how faculty and students responded to accessibility tools including closed captions and interactive transcripts, how student perceptions of faculty changed, how these tools influenced test scores, and how captions and transcripts impact watch time, retention, and focus. Walk away with an understanding of how students and faculty alike benefit from accessibility tools, and how to get started in your online courses.


  1. Discover how the use of captioning and transcripts improve student retention, comprehension, and testing.
  2. Uncover qualitative and quantitative feedback from students on the impact of captions and transcripts.
  3. Learn how and why to incorporate accessibility features into your online courses.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Assistive Technology, Captioning/Transcription, Research, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Elisa Lewis

Elisa Edelberg Lewis is a Content Marketing Manager at 3Play Media. She creates and produces educational content related to all things web and video accessibility. You can find her blogs, white papers and webinars online or see her present live at accessibility-focused conferences around the country. Her passion for making the world a more accessible and equal place is what inspires her to continue working on projects such as Faces Behind the Screen, which showcases the experiences of those who are d/Deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and low vision. Outside of the office you may find Elisa spending time with her rescue dog, Emmie, or working on her latest craft project.


AHG Quick Talk-How Closed Captioning and Interactive Transcripts Improve Student Test Scores-11-18-20-PDF