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Streaming Video for Classes: Streaming Video Accessibility

Streaming Video Accessibility

While the MSU Libraries has many online streaming videos that are accessible and have closed captions and/or transcripts, some online streaming videos in our collection unfortunately do not. It is MSU instructors' responsibility to ensure course content (including videos), is accessible to all students, especially those who present a VISA from MSU's Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

If MSU instructors want to use or show an online streaming video from the MSU Libraries for class that does not have captions and/or a transcript, please contact your subject librarian or the MSU Libraries' accessibility team and we'll do our best to work with the vendor to obtain them. Some of our licenses have accessibility clauses/procedures. If it isn't possible to obtain captions/transcripts, we can also try to help you identify an alternative video that is more accessible.

Evaluating the Accessibility of Streaming Video Platforms

There are several factors to think about when considering the accessibility of streaming videos available through the MSU Libraries:

  • Do the videos have captions and/or transcripts?
  • Is the platform that allows one to search for videos accessible/usable by assistive technology (screen readers, keyboard access only, etc.)?
  • Is the video player accessible/usable by assistive technology (screen readers, keyboard access only, etc.)?

Library Accessibility Alliance/Big Ten Libraries Streaming Video Accessibility Evaluations

The Library Accessibility Alliance (libraries from the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries) have collectively funded third-party, high-level accessibility evaluations of several streaming video platforms. Streaming video accessibility evaluations are listed below, along with the date the evaluations were performed. Some issues identified in these evaluations may have been fixed by the vendor and/or may be outdated if the platform has been upgraded since the evaluation was done.

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