The development of various online courses has been a miracle sent to many individuals who are perhaps unable to embark on traditional physical classroom learning models or use standard methods of learning.
Gone are the days where individuals need to go through a daunting enrollment processes in order to start a new course. Since quality higher education is now easily available through the web, colleges and universities have developed a host of online courses and collaborate with faculties to develop enterprise level online and blended (physical and online) courses.
The main aim of online lectures in videos or audio format is to provide easily accessible content for students who predominantly work remotely. It is essential for universities to follow accessibility requirements and commitments. The accessibility policy can be shaped around the web content accessibility WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 version. This version highlights various effective recommendations on how to make web content more accessible to those with sensory perception needs. It is also worth highlighting here that it has been found that in many cases, people tend to learn better through multi-sensory formats rather than just visual alone.
Prior to the advent of audio transcription consoles such as Verbit , universities found the process of publishing interactive videos particularly daunting and time consuming because they had to rely on proprietary captioned video players and a large and heavy transcription and captioning workflow that consisted on manual trasciption.
In addition, with lectures now available with transcripts and captions now being printable and searchable – students are now able to experience a whole new and varied way of learning.
Universities can use Verbit to automatically submit media and receive transcriptions by uploading audio/video files manually , through a link, API of through a third party solution.
There are numerous reasons why video captioning and online video transcripts are beneficial to students. Aside from the necessity of accessibility, having captions at a students disposal can also allow the student to search through captions and find the relevant material they need to focus on. This can result in enhanced learning potential and a more efficient way to excel at school.