As part of the University of Alabama’s Technology Accessibility Initiative, the Faculty Resource Center’s Emerging Technology and Accessibility team administers grants to caption and/or transcribe UA-owned video and audio.

Grants cannot be used for course materials or commercial content and do not replace or affect captioning services provided through the Office of Disability Services. Instructors and campus areas should ask for captioned versions of films or commercial content used in academic settings. UA Libraries has many captioned videos available in the Music Library and via video databases.

Public-facing/campus-wide video and audio

Grants may be used to caption and/or transcribe video and audio that will be 1) shared publicly on behalf of the University of Alabama or one of its programs or 2) shared campus-wide or with an entire area (program, college, department).

The following criteria can be used to prioritize captioning efforts and use of grant funds:

  • Are the videos public-facing or campus-wide?
  • Are the videos informational or educational (as opposed to promotional)?
  • Are the videos newly created?
  • Are the videos frequently accessed?
  • Does the campus area have funding available to captioning the videos? If so, contact us for information about discounted captioning services through our vendor.

Apply for a grant to caption public/campus-wide video and audio

Tegrity recordings

We are currently piloting a captioning grant project for recordings housed in Tegrity.

Typically, these grants are reserved for recordings that will be reused by another course or section, or in a future semester. Grants are also more likely to be rewarded is the course has a large number of students.

How do faculty, staff, or TAs request captioning grants for Tegrity recordings?

  1. Instructor: Select the recording to be captioned.
  2. Instructor: Under Recording tasks, choose Request Caption (should get an approval needed message or that captions are pending).
  3. FRC staff will contact instructor to determine if a grant is applicable.
  4. If so, FRC staff will facilitate getting the recording captioned and adding captions to the Tegrity recording. This process can take 2-3 business days.
  5. If the recording cannot be captioned with a grant, FRC staff will share other ways to caption the lecture.

To learn more, contact accessibility@ua.edu.