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.

The correct use of microphones in lecture theatres will ensure the recording is clear for those re-listening to the lecture and are captioned as accurately as possible for those accessing the associated text.

Microphone / Audio Set Up

  • Arrive 10 minutes before your lecture starts, this allows you time to perform checks to ensure the lapel (roaming) and/or lectern microphones are working and the volume is set appropriately.
  • If you need any assistance with audio set up, contact the university audio-visual team on X55555
  • Use the lapel (preferred) or lectern microphone when available.
    • If using a lapel microphone, ensure the microphone is placed free from contact with clothing or jewellery, as this will interfere with the quality of the audio. The lapel microphone allows you to walk freely around the lecture theatre.
    • If using a lectern microphone, stand near the lectern so your voice can be recorded clearly.
  • Speak clearly and at a steady, natural pace.
  • Where possible, repeat student questions before answering them, as the students’ voices are not usually picked up by the microphone.
  • If you have time, listen back to one of your lecture recordings to help you identify if there’s anything you need to change to make the recording clearer next time.

Lapel Mics


Please note – when course materials are being captioned, your materials remain confidential and are your sole intellectual property.

For more information on providing Captions for your Course, visit the story ‘Closed Captioning Benefits for your Course Cohort’.