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UK study pushes for mandatory real-time captioning for all students

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A UK study from researchers at the University of Southampton offers a model solution for the adoption of real-time captioning technology in university lecture halls. The 2009 study by Mark Wald & John Mark-Bell, entitled ‘Benefiting disabled students by developing an application that uses captioning of multimedia to benefit all students’, examined both the accessibility needs of students who are Deaf or hearing impaired whilst also exploring the myriad of benefits of real-time captioning for lecturers and students alike.

Real-time captioning refers to the automatic generation of captions produced by speech recognition technology such as Dragon and Via Voice. This offers a readily available and more cost-effective solution when a stenographer is not available.

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