This guide was assembled thanks to the contributions of the Video Accessibility Working Group from Archer Library:
This page is to help create accessible video content. Trust your professional expertise and know your audience. It’s almost impossible to make a fully accessible video for all users. With that in mind, design for your target audience and provide alternative formats for other users.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) recommends learning content be designed to include multiple methods of content, expression, and engagement. Designing content from a UDL perspective is beneficial for students with accessibility needs as their needs may be met without requesting accommodation. As well, creating content using UDL is beneficial for learners without accessibility issues. For example, closed captions are beneficial to learners who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, English as an Additional Language (EAL), neurodiverse, or in a noisy environment.
When making a video tutorial using UDL, provide users the option of multiple modes of learning. By creating multiple modes or alternative formats, the content becomes truly accessible as users can choose their preferred learning style. For example, a video with closed captioning or a transcript allows users to choose two out three learning styles. Users can watch and listen, listen and read, or watch and read. When possible, it may be beneficial to link to or provide additional alternative non-video formats such as transcripts or text documents with static screenshots.