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Good for the goose, good for the gander: Enhancing learning opportunities for all students through video captioning

Proposal No: 2706

Bios & Handouts


  • Elizabeth Tu, Instructional Designer & Instructor, San Jose State University
  • Amy Strage, Assistant Vice President and Director, San Jose State University

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

Summary of Session

Our campus has launched a faculty-friendly process for providing captioning for video instructional materials. We share details of our process & findings suggesting that, consistent with the principles of Universal Design for Learning, such “accommodations” have resulted in enhanced educational opportunities for a very wide swath of students.


Students matriculating at our campus represent the “new” generation: nearly a third are first in their family to attend college; for a disproportionate number, the language of instruction is not their first language; roughly 4% are registered with our Accessible Education Center; many more struggle, challenged by insufficient academic preparation and study habits. Guided by frameworks provided by the Quality Matters™ Program, and the CSU’s Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program, our Center for Faculty Development and Academic Technology units help faculty create and deliver courses in ways that apply Universal Design for Learning principles to instructional materials and activities. One of the most popular strategies employed by faculty to better “reach” their students, and to bring state-of-the-art content to the classroom, is to use video materials (as homework or viewed in class).
We share the details of an affordable, faculty-friendly process for providing captioning for video instructional materials. We also share findings suggesting that such “accommodations” have resulted in enhanced educational opportunities for a wide swath of students, enabling them to better understand, study and learn the material.


  1. Using videos to “reach” a wide range of students
  2. Affordable & faculty-friendly campus-internal practices to ensure timely access to video captions
  3. Value-added of captions for all students (not just students who are hearing-impaired)

Speaker Bio(s)

Elizabeth Tu

Elizabeth Tu is an Instructional Designer and Instructor at Center for Faculty Development at SJSU. She is responsible in training and support of accessible documents, electronic forms, audio/videos, faculty website, UDL, Google mail, calendar and documents/forms for faculty and staff. She has designed, introduced and co-managed campus Video Captioning Stations and also chairs campus-wide Accessibility Technology Initiative, Instructional Materials committee. Prior to this position, she served as various IT outreach specialist, training director and computer training manager at NASA Ames Research Center for over 15 years. Her interest focuses on identifying the needs and introducing result-oriented training outreach support programs.

Amy Strage

Amy Strage is Assistant Vice President for Faculty Development and Director, Center for Faculty Development at SJSU. In that capacity, she oversees and conducts programs designed to assist faculty with their teaching and their scholarship as they move through the arc of their careers. Prior to assuming her position at the Center for Faculty Development, she was a Professor of Child and Adolescent Development for over 20 years. Among other areas, her scholarship has focused on identifying determinants of patterns of student academic motivation and success, and on documenting the effectiveness of various "high impact" educational practices.


Good for the Goose Good for the Gander (ppt)