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2023 Closed Captioning Campaign

Closed Captioning benefits everyone! The use of closed captioning has been shown to help improve student comprehension, promote better accuracy, boost engagement, and can lead to better student outcomes.

Every Word Matters!

Closed captioning is required by federal regulation for a good reason... it benefits the whole community.

The following statistics help illustrate the impact properly implemented closed captioning can have on both learning outcomes and quality of instruction:

  • Regardless of whether they have a disability of any kind, a majority of students use closed captions at least some of the time.
  • Roughly 90 percent of all students who use closed captions find them at least moderately helpful for learning.
  • Specific ways in which closed captions can aid learning include comprehension, accuracy, engagement, and retention.

Furthermore, a recent USF St Petersburg study suggests a strong link between the use of closed captions and improved faculty evaluations. Specifically, faculty who offered captioning on their material were rated more highly, particularly in four different areas:

  • Respect and Concern for the Students
  • Facilitation of Learning
  • Communication of Ideas and Information
  • Overall Rating of the Instructor

For additional faculty support, contact CTLT for how-to's and closed captioning guidance: 

Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology Faculty Support Page  or email: