Panopto, the University of Bridgeport’s video management system, offers free Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) captioning for all videos.

The Law

All videos should be captioned to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 508 compliance which requires Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) Level A and AA criteria. This criteria requires that pre-recorded video must have captions and audio description, and live video must be live captioned. Video files must have captions, transcription is not enough.


Why We Do It

There are multiple benefits of having captions for video files and transcriptions for audio files.

Having captions with your videos will:

  • assist people with hearing disabilities
  • encourage viewers to engage in video in environments where sound is not possible
  • promote comprehension for Non-Native English Speakers
  • improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to improve indexing
  • meet Section 508 legal compliance
  • enrich video search features
  • ease the creation of future content


How to View ASR Captions Panopto Videos

Within your Canvas course, go to the page that contains the Panopto video you want to enable captions on.

1 Click the Play button for the video.


2 Hover over the video to view all options and click the CC button in the bottom right corner of the screen.


3 The captions will now appear on the screen. You will need to repeat this process to enable captions each time you watch the video.


This is the same for all Panopto videos that are embedded or linked in Canvas as well as in both preview and full screen views.


If you see a video in Canvas and would like it to be captioned, please contact your instructor.