Real-Time Transcribing and Captioning Services

Working with Speech-to-Text Service Providers (Real-Time Captioner or Transcriber):

Real-time captioning/transcribing is a method of using specialized software to convert spoken language into visual text onto a laptop computer screen or tablet. Students read the transcript using a standard Web browser on a mobile device. SAS employs two types of speech-to-text service providers; 

TypeWell transcribers (MEANING-FOR-MEANING)

The TypeWell transcriber has been trained to condense information in order to keep up with the pace of the lecture, while retaining all essential points of the material. The transcript is meaning-for-meaning and not verbatim. It includes non-verbal, nuanced information to impact the reader’s comprehension.   

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) Captioners:

The trained captioner uses a stenographic machine and computer software to transcribe the spoken word into a written word-for-word text.  This service generally captures verbatim all that is communicated, including the “um’s” and “ah’s” of the speaker. 

Overall, successful real-time transcribing in the classroom depends upon the ability to hear, understand, and keep pace with the speaker. Access to the class syllabus, general vocabulary from required textbooks, and materials posted on your class website are important.