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September 26, 2018

The Office of Information Technology, in collaboration with the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments (CeCE), has adopted an official closed captioning solution for UCO. Closed captioning provides subtitles for video, which provides numerous benefits and expand the reach to our audiences.

Benefits of closed captioning include:


Captions provide equal access and opportunity to those utilizing assistive technologies.

Did you know more than 360 million Americans have a hearing disability and more than a billion people speak English as a second or foreign language?

Discoverable and Searchable

Captions communicate a text-based representation of the content allowing the content to be read. This makes the information discoverable for indexing by search engines and other libraries. This also allows viewers to search within the content of the video, seeking just the information desired.

Did you know it is expected that by 2020, 80 percent of search traffic will be for video?


Captions draw focus and allow viewers to engage in video content when they otherwise would not be able to. Captions solve problems for silent auto play on many social media platforms, holding the viewers’ attention long enough to make an impact. And, captions can increase viewer watch time by as much as 40 percent.

Did you know Facebook reports a 12 percent lift in engagement when video ads are properly captioned?

Closed Captioning at UCO

The demand for closed captioning services at UCO has increased year after year, as our online courses continue to expand. The Office of Information Technology and CeCE have collaboratively partnered to ensure campus needs are met by implementing a captioning solution that provides a greater quality service to our students, faculty and staff. The solution provides a quick turnaround time to offer higher quality transcripts for media used in D2L, My Media and UCO on Demand.  By captioning videos uploaded to UCO on Demand it is now accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

If you are interested in submitting media for captioning, submit a captioning service request at

For captioning requests on media used in an online course, please contact the Center for eLearning and Connected Environments at 974-2420 or fill out their service request at