ERIC Number: ED441296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Real-Time Speech-to-Text Services. [A Report of the] National Task Force on Quality of Services in the Postsecondary Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.
Stinson, Michael; Eisenberg, Sandy; Horn, Christy; Larson, Judy; Levitt, Harry; Stuckless, Ross
This report describes and discusses several applications of new computer-based technologies which enable postsecondary students with deafness or hearing impairments to read the text of the language being spoken by the instructor and fellow students virtually in real time. Two current speech-to-text options are described: (1) steno-based systems in which a stenographer uses a 24-key machine to encode spoken English phonetically into a computer where it is converted into English text and displayed on a computer screen; and (2) computer-assisted notetaking in which a typist with special training uses a standard keyboard to input words into a laptop/PC as they are being spoken. Both types of systems provide a real-time text output that students can read on a computer or television screen in order to follow what is occurring in class. For each of these systems, the report addresses how the system works, major considerations that need to be addressed with respect to its implementation as a support service in the classroom, who is qualified to provide the service, training needs, and how the system's effectiveness can be evaluated. An appendix contains a form for evaluating student needs for real-time stenographic services. (Contains 37 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Classroom Communication, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Higher Education
Northeast Technical Assistance Center, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, 52 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Tel: 716-475-6433 (Voice/TTY); Fax: 716-475-7660.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.; Association on Higher Education and Disability, Columbus, OH.
Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.