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The Elephant on Campus: Captioning

Proposal No: 2657

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  • Deb Castiglione, Director, Universal Design & Accessible Technologies, Cengage
  • Beth Case, Program Manager for Digital, Emerging, and Assis, University of Louisville

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

Although it remains an elephant in the room on most higher education campuses, with recent legislative action taken by the National Association of the Deaf regarding uncaptioned course video at M.I.T and Harvard, captioning has become a part of the conversation where it once was not. Learn from what we’ve learned and hear how we are addressing captioning on our campuses.


The presenters will share how they have attempted to address captioning as instructional designers and faculty consultants in collaboration with disabilities services staff and critical university partners such as distance/eLearning. How the two universities are addressing captioning needs will be shared, to include research conducted, directions considered, proposed guidelines and policy directions (including tools and vendors), stumbling blocks, and current status of guidelines, policy, and implementation.


  1. How are universities addressing the need to closed-caption?
  2. What guidelines or policies are critical to consider and propose? How are Universities responding to guidelines/policies?
  3. What options/tools are being suggested and implemented to caption course content?

Speaker Bio(s)

Deb Castiglione

Deb Castiglione is the Director, Universal Design & Accessible Technologies at Cengage. She was previously the Universal Design & Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Kentucky, where she earned a doctorate in distance learning. Deb brings skills, knowledge, and experience in instructional design/development, universal design, accessibility, and assistive technology. She has worked with children and adults with disabilities. She has developed and taught courses in instructional design, assistive technology, universal design, distance education delivery, and instructional technology for the University of Kentucky, Gateway Community & Technical College, the University of Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky University.

Beth Case

Beth Case is the Program Manager for Digital, Emerging, and Assistive Technologies at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville. She has two Master’s degrees, one in Clinical Psychology and one in Instructional Technology. She is also completing her dissertation for a doctoral degree in Instructional Technology. Prior to returning to graduate school, Beth worked in postsecondary disability services for 13 years. Her background in both disability services and instructional technology prepares her for helping faculty make online courses accessible to students with disabilities. She stays on top of emerging trends in using technology in education and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.


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