For university, nothing beats the power of real-time access. Live captioning is immediate access that allows a student to follow along with a lecture or tutorial. If you're not convinced, check out these 5 benefits of live captioning at university.
It is important to accommodate students who are deaf or hard of hearing at university. Live captioning at university can make all the difference for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. If a student isn't able to hear what's being said in their lectures, they won't be able to learn, and ultimately won't be able to pass their course.
Pre-lingually deaf people or culturally Deaf people usually learnt sign language as their first language and English as a second language later in life. Therefore, they may feel more comfortable and have a higher level of comprehension via the use of an interpreter. However, some of these students still choose live captioning as it provides them with direct access to the written English language which they use for their assignments and exams. Post-lingually deaf people who have become deaf later in life are often more comfortable communicating in English. They may have little or no knowledge of sign language and generally prefer captioning to provide them with access.
2. Language Comprehension
If you’ve ever tried to learn another language, you’ll know how difficult it can be to pick up every word that someone is saying, often needing to hear a sentence for a second time to fully comprehend it. For any student with English as an additional language, live captions can help improve comprehension and reduce anxiety at university.
The process of live captioning is essentially creating a live, accurate record of everything that’s being said - in real-time. By virtue of this process, this means that at the conclusion of the session, the student has an accurate written record of the lecture’s content. This level of access is so powerful that it's no wonder we've heard stories of resourceful deaf students selling copies of their transcripts to other students for a coffee!
4. Increases Confidence
Live captioning enables a student to engage with the content and confidently participate in the classroom. Having live captioning available helps many deaf and hard-of-hearing people feel equal and empowered in lectures and tutorials. They have the ability to focus and participate without having to strain to hear or try and lip-read. The student can just relax and take in the content.
5. Everyone Benefits
Live captions benefit not only deaf and hard-of-hearing students, they benefit everyone! Live captioning can be used as an accessibility service for students who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, auditory processing disorders, dyslexia, learning difficulties or English as an additional language.
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