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ERIC Number: ED509238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Guide to Speech-to-Text Services in the Postsecondary Environment
Aylesworth, Shannon
The Midwest Center for Postsecondary Outreach developed this guide to offer administrators, parents, students, and potential service providers an overview of the various speech-to-text service options available in postsecondary environments to students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Speech-to-text services are support options for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to use in an educational environment. A speech-to-text service provider listens to a speaker and using an input device produces text on a computer screen for the student to read. The text can also be displayed on a TV monitor or projected on a screen. All services discussed in this guide are provided in real-time (as it is happening) rather than the alternative of transcribing a recorded lecture. It is important to note that speech-to-text services are constantly changing as newer technology is developed and existing technology improves. Speech-to-text services (and providers) vary in accuracy related to content and wording as well as the number of pages/words produced in a transcript. These topics are addressed in each speech-to-text service section included in this guide, however, it is suggested that individuals and/or institutions using these services investigate each method of speech-to-text services (as well as the provider) to determine content and wording accuracy in real-time. While speech-to-text service providers are often referred to as captionists, transcribers, voice writers, and other titles, the term "provider" in this guide refers to the person producing a real-time text display, no matter which input device is being used.
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: Parents; Students; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: PEPNet