Author: Melissa Wortel, Assistive Technology Support Officer, Office of Digital Solutions (Personal Technology Services).

Did you know a number of courses are now closed captioned?

Approximately 1 in 6 Australians are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. For these people, closed captioning provides equivalent access via a text version of the spoken word on the screen.

Live captioning is used for some television programs and is generally used by the hearing population more than the Deaf or Hard of Hearing community.

What is the benefit of having my course Closed Captioned?

The spoken content of your course/s will be available after your lecture in text at the bottom of the lecture caption/echo screen. Closed captions will appear on your lecture recording within four days, from the completion of your lecture.

There are a number of benefits in using Closed Captioning, for example:

  • English may not be the first language of students in your lecture, having the text at the bottom of the screen may assist your students in understanding the content of the course.
  • Students are able to review lecture content in open spaces with the audio turned off, this enables them to review the material in libraries, open work spaces, public transport and the like.
  • If whilst listening to your lecture, your students find that they are unable to ‘hear’ part of the lecture clearly, they are able to turn the Closed Captioning on and see the associated text.
  • You may have an accent and at times difficult to understand, Closed Captioning can assist your student’s in deciphering any words they don’t understand.

Is there anything else I should know?

In order to create quality Closed Captions, you will need to ensure the following:

  • You to wear the lapel (roaming) microphone, with the microphone unobstructed by clothing or you to stand by the lectern microphone, this enables a clearer recording.
  • You to be heard clearly by your students. Lecture room discussion is fine but personal discussions can affect the recording, so please ensure students leave their discussions to the break or after the lecture has finished.

I have a Deaf or Hard of Hearing student in one of my courses and would like to use this service. What do I do?

Please email [email protected] or phone 07 37357470 and discuss with a Disabilities Service Officer what services can be made available for your course

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For information regarding the correct use of microphones in Lecture Theatres, visit the story ‘Supporting Captioning: Getting the best out of your Lecture Theatre Microphone.’