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Getting Captioning Started on Campus: Lessons Learned. Dean Brusnighan Assistive Technology Specialist Purdue University. Background. A one-year, campus-wide, proof-of-concept project Provide captioning in broad categories: Administrative video Academic video Intercollegiate Athletics.

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getting captioning started on campus lessons learned

Getting Captioning Started on Campus:Lessons Learned

Dean Brusnighan

Assistive Technology Specialist

Purdue University

background
Background
  • A one-year, campus-wide, proof-of-concept project
  • Provide captioning in broad categories:
    • Administrative video
    • Academic video
    • Intercollegiate Athletics
agenda
Agenda
  • YouTube
  • Commencement Ceremonies
  • Echo 360
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • What I learned
youtube
YouTube
  • Set up a test to compare costs:
    • fixing machine transcription

vs.

    • paying a captioning vendor (Automatic Sync Technologies)
compare processes
Compare processes

Machine Transcription

AST captioning vendor

Quickly review video to identify problematic words or names

Submit video to AST

Review returned caption file to fix errors, if any

Upload to YouTube

  • Download MT file from YouTube
  • Fix word recognition and timing errors
  • Upload to YouTube
compare costs
Compare costs

Machine Transcription

AST captioning vendor

Editing time per video (avg):

31 minutes

Employee cost:

$8.50/hour

Employee Cost per video:

$4.47

Avg AST Cost per video:

$8.01

Avg Cost per video:

$12.48

  • Editing time per video (avg):
    • 114 minutes
  • Employee cost:
    • $8.50/hour
  • Avg Cost per video:
    • $16.20
what i learned 1
What I Learned #1
  • A captioning vendor can be a better solution than alternatives in some cases.
what i learned 2
What I Learned #2
  • Providing captions in one area can lead to unexpected benefits in another area
    • Undergraduate Admissions now has captions on almost all of their online video content
commencement ceremonies
Commencement Ceremonies
  • At Purdue, available on:
    • Local access cable TV
    • Simultaneous webcast
  • What did I start with?
    • Fear of the unknown
  • My fears were unfounded
what i learned 3
What I Learned #3
  • New collaborations to provide captions can come from unexpected places.
echo 360
Echo 360
  • Lecture capture system
  • Business relationship with AST allows automated submission of each lecture recording
  • Waited for an opportunity where captioning was needed
echo 360 cont
Echo 360 (cont.)
  • A distance education student needed captions in 2 classes
  • Collaboration with the IT unit in charge of Echo 360 was critical
    • Effort required to set up the “automatic” submission
  • In 2 or 3 business days, the caption file was returned & integrated into the recorded lecture
  • Student found the captions very helpful
what i learned 4
What I Learned #4
  • Ask questions of vendors and look for built-in collaborations to provide captioning.
intercollegiate athletics1
Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Ohio State case
  • Athletics explored potential for captions on scoreboards
    • Not possible at this time
  • Could captions be provided directly to mobile devices in sports venues?
  • Desire to caption the words of the announcer, during the game and during breaks
captions using twitter
Captions Using Twitter
  • Challenging to keep posts below 140 character limit
  • Student testing showed that posts took about a minute to show up
  • Too long for game captioning
captions using coveritlive
Captions Using CoveritLive
  • CoveritLive is a web based live blogging tool (www.coveritlive.com)
  • No limit on number of characters in post
  • Posts show up in a few seconds on most web-enabled mobile devices
    • Blackberry issues
  • Season ended beforestudent testing could be conducted in Spring 2010
captions coveritlive cont
Captions & CoveritLive (cont.)
  • Athletic Dept very supportive of this project
    • Purchased 3 iPod Touches to loan to students
  • Testing with students will begin soon
  • Blackberry issues continue
what i learned 5
What I Learned #5
  • When the obvious solution won’t work, it can lead to a more creative solution. It may be better than the obvious solution.
what i learned recap
What I Learned Recap
  • A captioning vendor can be a better solution than alternatives in some cases.
  • Providing captions in one area can lead to unexpected benefits in another area
  • New collaborations to provide captions can come from unexpected places.
  • Ask questions of vendors and look for built-in collaborations to provide captioning.
  • When the obvious solution won’t work, it can lead to a more creative solution. It may be better than the obvious solution.