Ed-tech leaders push closed captioning, compliance monitoring

“Docsoft allows us to balance the load between [complying with] the law without sacrificing quality to the impaired while staying within budget,” Price said.

Because large schools like OSU post hundreds of lecture videos every week during the academic year, relying on manual transcription services would prove a risky proposition while state lawmakers keep an eye on compliance issues in higher education, Price said.

“We would not be physically able to caption every video we put out,” he said. “We would no doubt be susceptible to potential lawsuits with the enactment of state law requiring each and every video we produce to be captioned.”

A centerpiece of a thorough assistive technology initiative, campus technology leaders said, is ensuring the school is up to date with compliance requirements and institutional goals.

The University of Iowa is among a slew of campuses that have hired at least one full-time employee to monitor compliance for students with disabilities.

“It’s becoming very important to universities to make sure everything is accessible for everyone,” Stachowiak said.

California State University (CSU) is among major schools that have chosen computer-based compliance programs to protect the campus against lawsuits and provide required assistance for students with disabilities.