Ed-tech leaders push closed captioning, compliance monitoring

Professors at colleges and universities that use popular lecture capture technologies and video platforms such as Mediasite, Tegrity, and Kaltura can simply—with one button—transfer their lecture video to 3PlayMedia, which assigns the video to a professional transcriptionist, said Tole Khesin, a spokesman for 3PlayMedia, which provides the software-free, web-based service.

The transcriptions can be converted to a number of formats, including Microsoft Word and QuickTime, giving colleges options for how to post the lecture text to their class websites.

Students don’t have to sit through an entire recorded lecture once it’s posted to the campus site, Khesin said. Using 3PlayMedia’s search tool, students can find specific parts of a lecture while they’re reviewing for exams and quizzes.

Campus technology leaders have been given the go-ahead to find more assistive technology resources after states passed laws advocating for equal educational access for students with disabilities.

Ed-tech decision makers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) brought in experts from Docsoft, a custom software development firm based in California, after state legislators passed a law requiring all videos to be captioned on pubic universities’ websites.

Using Docsoft:AV, OSU professors and instructors just drag-and-drop a lecture video file into a folder titled “Caption me,” and a few hours later, the lecture is accurately captioned from start to finish, said Wade Price, manager of instructional technology services at OSU.