Home » Teach Online » Online Course Accessibility Resources » Creating Accessible Multimedia Creating Accessible Multimedia Best Practices for Using Multimedia in Your Online Course Using multimedia (e.g., videos, podcasts) in your online course is a great way to engage students by presenting information in a different format. When creating and adding multimedia to your course, you should ensure that it will be accessible to all of your students. A few considerations are listed below: Utilize multimedia file types that will be accessible on various devices (e.g., mobile, Mac OS, Windows OS).Utilize multimedia that provides player controls (e.g., pause, go back to previous content, make content full screen).Provide accurate captions for videos. The goal of multimedia captions is to make content easily readable and timed for comprehension when audio content cannot be heard. Automatic captions are typically only 75 – 80% accurate and have not been edited for grammar, punctuation, or time synchronization. Provide accurate transcripts for podcasts or audio files. Captioning Resources Apply for the Proactive Captioning for Online Courses.Visit the Faculty Multimedia Center (FMC) to explore self-captioning options.“Ask a Librarian” for additional help. They have video resources that are already captioned. For more information about ADA compliance and captioning, read “Why Automatic Captions Are Not Enough: Making Instructional Materials ADA Compliant“.