Category: Academic

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Verbit Acquires U.S. Captioning Company, the Closed Captioning Provider for National TV Networks

Danielle Chazen
12 May 2022 3min read
12 May 2022 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Today, Verbit is increasing its footprint in the media and entertainment sector by acquiring U.S. Captioning Company. This addition to Verbit’s portfolio will strengthen its position as a global leader in AI-powered solutions built for each industry’s unique needs.  U.S. Captioning is a renowned US-based provider of closed captioning services for national TV stations, networks, producers and programmers. As the…

Speech Dictionary

Speech Dictionary & Related Terms

Danielle Chazen
10 Apr 2022
10 Apr 2022 Danielle Chazen

Helpful speech-focused lingo and terminology to know If the terms AI, ASR and NLP have you frazzled, you’re not alone. More speech-related acronyms and technologies seem to be popping up regularly, and they’re making their way into the daily vernacular.Here’s a helpful cheat sheet of terms for you to reference. Utilize this list to gain a better understanding of common…

How The Verbit Company’s New Look & Vision is Designed to Accelerate Progress

Verbit Editorial
14 Feb 2022 2min read
14 Feb 2022 Verbit Editorial
2min read

This post was contributed by Jacques Botbol, VP Marketing, The Verbit Company.Today, we’re unveiling our new branding and vision, which we released internally a few weeks ago through a global Zoom event (Tonight Show Style) – watch here. Our new branding emphasizes the value that the Verbit Company brings —  a suite of companies that provide specialized transcription and captioning…

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Verbit Secures No. 1 Ranking for Best Women Representation in 2021 Women In Startups Report

Danielle Chazen
10 Jan 2022 3min read
10 Jan 2022 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Verbit was ranked No. 1 in Power in Diversity Israel’s 2021 Women in Startups Report for the best representation of women in large companies of 500 employees and more. The report was based on 424 startups and 70 venture capital firms surveyed.Power in Diversity Israel, which commissioned the report, uncovered gender diversity numbers and insights, reasons why diversity, equity and…

Spotlight on Accessibility Lawsuits: Why Universities Must Pay Attention

Sarah Roberts
27 Dec 2021 5min read
27 Dec 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

In July 2021, a prospective student filed a complaint against Syracuse University alleging that the school’s website was inaccessible. Arturo Stevez argued that without screen reader capabilities, alternative text and similar accessibility measures, he and other individuals who are Blind face “significant barriers” applying to SU.  A survey of accessibility complaints against universities this year elucidates that this type of…

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Disabilities Through Disney? Join Us Live for an Exciting Strategy

Aylin Dunham
23 Dec 2021 2min read
23 Dec 2021 Aylin Dunham
2min read

Many students fear that reporting their disability and access needs will result in them being ‘judged’ or ‘perceived differently.’“Many students aren’t coming forward, either because they’re scared of being ‘labeled’ or because they’re not aware of the resources available to them,” said Bethany Stoltz, Customer Success Manager at Verbit, who works with colleges across the US and UK. “To truly…

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Artificial Intelligence: What K-12 School Leaders Should Know

Verbit Editorial
21 Dec 2021 5min read
21 Dec 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Many educators are aware that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key ingredient in the ed-tech tools they’re using or considering purchasing. Fewer can articulate what AI actually is.While AI continues to gain traction in education and in a variety of different industries and business use cases, professionals in K-12 schools often aren’t aware of the benefits it can offer them.…

HEERF Funds Help Community Colleges, But Need to be Used ASAP

Sarah Roberts
20 Dec 2021 5min read
20 Dec 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

Enrollment in higher education institutions is down across the board, but community colleges have seen their numbers drop most significantly. Compared to 2019, enrollment at community colleges declined 15%. This problem impacts the US labor market because many of its 11 million open jobs are in construction and manufacturing. Graduates from community colleges are the ones filling these positions.  The…

Online Learning Trends That Will Continue to Shape Education in 2022

Sarah Roberts
14 Dec 2021 6min read
14 Dec 2021 Sarah Roberts
6min read

More campuses have reopened and the majority of students who wanted to return to in-person learning have been able to. However, the lingering impact of the pandemic continues to reshape education across the globe. A growing demand for greater online and hybrid learning options is certain to continue in 2022. Here are some of the standout and significant trends professionals…

Verbit Announces Acquisition of Automatic Sync Technologies

Danielle Chazen
14 Dec 2021 3min read
14 Dec 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Today, Verbit announced it has acquired education and government industry veteran Automatic Sync Technologies. Automatic Sync Technologies is renowned for its transcription solution and expertise and was initially developed by a team of experts with a grant from the US Department of Education. The acquisition furthers Verbit’s leading market position in the US transcription and captioning space, as well as…

Verbit’s Scott Ready Featured as Guest on “Accessibility Matters” Video Series

Danielle Chazen
13 Dec 2021 2min read
13 Dec 2021 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Scott Ready, Director, Customer Success and Accessibility Evangelist at Verbit, was recently the featured guest on Accessibility.com’s “Accessibility Matters” video series. Ready has worked in the accessibility realm for over 25 years. In his role at Verbit, he currently works with leading universities and institutions to ensure their learning environments are accessible to students with disabilities, among others. Some of…

Announcing The Launch of ‘Student Access’ for Customers

Danielle Chazen
13 Dec 2021 3min read
13 Dec 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

In the past, students needed to contact university administrators every time a Zoom or web conferencing link for one of their classes changed. It needed to be updated in the system by the school administrator. The result? This process prevented or delayed the accessibility they needed to participate in courses effectively. It also clogged the schedules of administrators tasked with…

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7 Tips to Support International Students from an American University Expert

Verbit Editorial
24 Nov 2021 4min read
24 Nov 2021 Verbit Editorial
4min read

As university leaders struggle to raise enrollment rates from the 72% decrease experienced this year, many are turning to international students. Verbit hosted a live webinar with guest speaker Julie Merendino, Assistant Director of International Admissions of American University to provide our audience with insights on how to attract and retain these students. 16% of undergraduate students and 13% of…

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Verbit Announces $250 Million Series E Funding Round

Danielle Chazen
23 Nov 2021 3min read
23 Nov 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Today, Verbit announced it has closed its Series E funding round at $250 million, bringing the company’s valuation to $2 billion just five years after it was founded. This new round will further enhance Verbit’s market leadership in the transcription industry, as well as the value that the voice AI platform brings to customers who rely on Verbit’s technology and…

Join American University & Verbit Live for International Student Day

Danielle Chazen
14 Nov 2021 3min read
14 Nov 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

There’s a lot of talk about international students right now. COVID restrictions remain in play and newly accepted norms have emerged in different ways which education can be delivered. Many institutional leaders are now asking themselves “How are we going to attract the students? What’s the future of international education?” To address these questions, which many in Verbit’s higher education…

Verbit Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

Sarah Roberts
8 Nov 2021 5min read
8 Nov 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

When the majority of schools moved online, many teachers and students had to adapt to an unfamiliar world of distance learning. However, distance learning was growing long before the pandemic and 59% of higher educational institutions plan to continue all or some of their emergency remote learning offerings after restrictions come to an end. The rapid increase in online learning,…

The Case for Using Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds on Technology

Sarah Roberts
3 Nov 2021 4min read
3 Nov 2021 Sarah Roberts
4min read

In response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the US government created three Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) categories. They include the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security Act (CARES), The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Institutions across the country have access to these funds, but data suggests that many schools…

eLearning Trends in 2021/22 that are Here to Stay

Verbit Editorial
25 Oct 2021 4min read
25 Oct 2021 Verbit Editorial
4min read

In 2016, online learning trends indicated that the eLearning market had reached an astounding $20.85 billion in revenue in the US. New learning industry trends indicate that the global market for online learning will surpass $243 billion USD by 2022. For education, COVID-19 also had a significant impact on online learning trends, with 50% of parents reporting that their children…

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Highlighting 5 Disabilities for Learning Disabilities Awareness Month

Verbit Editorial
14 Oct 2021 5min read
14 Oct 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Learning disabilities affect a large number of the US population with 1 in 5 young students navigating learning or attention issues. In honor of Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, it’s important to be aware of the diversity learning disabilities that exist. There are undoubtedly many individuals that struggle day-to-day without a diagnosis and tailored support, and there’s more that K-12 schools…

Verbit Named To TechRadar’s List as a “Best Speech-To-Text Service”

Sarah Roberts
14 Oct 2021 2min read
14 Oct 2021 Sarah Roberts
2min read

Verbit is thrilled to earn a place on TechRadar’s list of “Best Speech-to-Text Services. TechRadar is a respected source for up-to-date technology reviews for businesses. The list features service providers that offer live transcription and captioning solutions for the corporate world and educational institutions. Verbit’s high ranking comes just months after it announced that it achieved the highly coveted unicorn…

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Learning Disabilities Awareness Month: Verbit Speaks with OSU Accessibility Expert

Verbit Editorial
6 Oct 2021 7min read
6 Oct 2021 Verbit Editorial
7min read

Learning Disability Awareness month is celebrated by thousands each year to inform others about the experiences of professionals and students with learning disabilities. Currently, 7.3 million public school students receive special education services and this year was particularly difficult as higher-ed and K-12 learners alike continued their studies with COVID-19 restrictions. To honor those with LDs this month, Verbit spoke…

K-12’s Back To School Reality: A Respected Teacher’s Perspective

Sarah Roberts
5 Oct 2021 6min read
5 Oct 2021 Sarah Roberts
6min read

After many months of eLearning and countless challenges, teachers are bringing some unique perspectives back to school this year. Verbit reached out to Lisa Pavic, a science teacher at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois, to learn how her experiences during the pandemic are shaping her return to the classroom. Lisa has a Master’s in education, 12 years of…

Expert Tips: Designing & Delivering Instruction That’s Engaging & Accessible First

Verbit Editorial
29 Sep 2021 4min read
29 Sep 2021 Verbit Editorial
4min read

This guest blog was written by Dr. Misty Cobb, EdD, MBA, a transformational education & technology expert. In her role at Verbit, Cobb works with K-12 and higher education leaders on best practices for using technology to provide accessible and equitable learning opportunities for all students. Cobb earned her Doctor of Education from the University of Alabama where her research…

Web Accessibility, Closed Captioning & Section 5-0-What?

Danielle Chazen
19 Sep 2021 5min read
19 Sep 2021 Danielle Chazen
5min read

From workplaces to classrooms and the public sector to private educational institutions, ensuring inclusion is provided to individuals with disabilities isn’t only the right thing to do, it’s the law. However, legal guidelines and their defined details can be daunting to many. The legal requirements and components set in place today are based on various laws which sought to offer…

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Increase Engagement in Online Learning & Training

Sarah Roberts
13 Sep 2021 5min read
13 Sep 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

Online learning has gone mainstream. Nearly all students now have some familiarity with remote learning platforms. However, educators often struggle to maintain student motivation and engagement in online courses. This challenge is not limited to rambunctious youngsters as mature adults continuing their studies or taking part in professional training may also tune out if the instructor fails to capture their…

Top Tips To Meet ADA Guidelines

Danielle Chazen
8 Sep 2021 5min read
8 Sep 2021 Danielle Chazen
5min read

The stick: ADA lawsuits are on the rise. Many universities and businesses are now taking more proactive approaches to ensure they’re covering themselves and meeting necessary guidelines. The carrot: Universities and businesses that follow ADA requirements are also able to build stronger connections with their students and customers, respectively. Creating a more accessible environment is shown to help with brand…

TIME Honors ‘Educators Who Saved A Pandemic School Year’

Danielle Chazen
2 Sep 2021 4min read
2 Sep 2021 Danielle Chazen
4min read

TIME Magazine dedicated its latest issue, Education Heroes, to honoring the incredible individuals in the K-12 school system who supported students, parents and each other during a trying ‘pandemic school year’ which tested and challenged us all. TIME’s cover dons a striking image. It showcases well-recognized yellow school buses surrounded by a likely lesser-known group of individuals, but who will…

Research to Inform Back To School Decisions

Verbit Editorial
30 Aug 2021 5min read
30 Aug 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Verbit’s team recently commissioned a survey, Higher-Ed Accessibility Uncovered, to deep-dive into the accessibility and inclusion measures being taken at today’s institutions. The team wanted to explore the knowledge and decision-making processes of today’s higher-ed professionals to inform our community as they head back to school this fall. Additionally, the team wanted to gain an understanding from students with disabilities…

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Verbit CEO Tom Livne To Speak at SlatorCon Remote

Verbit Editorial
26 Aug 2021 2min read
26 Aug 2021 Verbit Editorial
2min read

Slator estimates that the video localization market will be valued around $4.97 billion by the end of 2021. Video localization technologies such as captioning and transcription are being used more than ever before, contributing to this growing video localization market across the globe. To educate business leaders seeking insights on video localization services and technologies Verbit Founder and CEO Tom…

Verbit Honors National Women’s Equality Day

Danielle Chazen
26 Aug 2021 6min read
26 Aug 2021 Danielle Chazen
6min read

While the US continues to make significant progress in terms of gender equity, it likely comes as no surprise that it’s still falling short. In 2020, it ranked No. 53 in the World Economic Forum’s list of 154 countries based on gender equality, and this year it moved up the ranks to No. 30. However, the majority of improvements made…

How Security and Accuracy Set Captioning Solutions Apart

Sarah Roberts
17 Aug 2021 5min read
17 Aug 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

With the greater need to provide support to students, employees, consumers and others who are Deaf or hard of hearing, more are captioning their content. However, many automatic Artificial Intelligence-based tools miss the mark. Renowned institutions like Harvard and MIT found out the hard way, but all school leaders can pivot to protect themselves and better serve their students. School…

Captioning? Don’t Settle for Anything Less Than Fast Turnaround Time

Sarah Roberts
6 Aug 2021 4min read
6 Aug 2021 Sarah Roberts
4min read

Most people become frustrated after waiting at a traffic light for just 25 seconds. Research strongly indicates that modern humans expect unrealistically rapid results. The Internet, two-day shipping, streaming services and the ability to download entertainment on-demand are contributing to an incredibly impatient population. However, there are times when people are right to expect fast turnaround times. For millions of…

Verbit Releases Results of Higher Education Accessibility Survey

Danielle Chazen
3 Aug 2021 2min read
3 Aug 2021 Danielle Chazen
2min read

To gain insights and help its higher education community best prepare for the Fall 2021 semester, Verbit’s leaders commissioned an extensive survey to explore findings for the new school year. With the unprecedented growth of hybrid learning, Verbit aimed to understand whether hybrid formats for education delivery will continue and what challenges today’s educators are struggling with most. The survey’s…

In Honor of the Paralympics, Universities Can Make Sporting Events More Inclusive

Sarah Roberts
3 Aug 2021 5min read
3 Aug 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

From August 24th to September 5th, athletes from around the world will compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games. These elite competitors are helping change perspectives on what it means to live with a disability. Their important message should influence people, communities and culture all year round, every year. Universities are in an excellent position to take the lead when it…

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DEI in Modern Education through Latest Technology

Sarah Roberts
3 Aug 2021 5min read
3 Aug 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

For today’s universities, having a strong diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) plan is more important than ever. DEI in higher education requires that schools offer an equal learning experience to all students, regardless of their religion, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, political perspective, socioeconomic status, language or (dis)ability.  Although the 1960s brought some early forms of diversity training…

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Back To School: The Continued Importance of Accessibility In-Person

Verbit Editorial
26 Jul 2021 6min read
26 Jul 2021 Verbit Editorial
6min read

As the new school year approaches, K-12 schools, colleges and universities are transitioning back to in-person learning and physical classrooms. Returning from almost a full year of delivering learning remotely is exciting to many. However, it’s important that school leaders do not simply resort back to education as it was. Remote teaching and online learning delivered helpful insights on how…

Celebrating National Disability Independence Day & The ADA

Sarah Roberts
23 Jul 2021 4min read
23 Jul 2021 Sarah Roberts
4min read

National Disability Independence Day is coming up on July 26th! Prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it was legal to pay a person less just because of their disability. It was legal for a restaurant to refuse to serve a person with disabilities. The lack of accessible restrooms meant people with disabilities might have to…

Notable Community College Updates and News

Jennifer Stralka
20 Jul 2021 4min read
20 Jul 2021 Jennifer Stralka
4min read

40% of all undergraduates in the US are community college students, totaling 8.2 million across more than 1,400 community colleges.  Community colleges are higher education’s open door, offering more opportunities for students to earn degrees due to cost, proximity and other factors. However, enrollment statistics and the education offerings provided by community colleges are ever evolving, especially in light of…

Join Verbit & Ed-Tech Leaders at Two Upcoming Events

Sarah Roberts
19 Jul 2021 3min read
19 Jul 2021 Sarah Roberts
3min read

Education professionals have the opportunity to join Verbit at two exciting upcoming events to learn more about the positive ways that innovations are helping students succeed. This year’s return to the classroom will be unlike any other. Schools are developing curriculums that integrate innovative technology and build off skills that teachers, professors and students gained because of the unprecedented pandemic-related…

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Communication Access Real-Time Translation

Verbit Editorial
19 Jul 2021 4min read
19 Jul 2021 Verbit Editorial
4min read

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART), also known as “open captioning” or “real-time captioning,” is used to convert speech into text. CART services provide instantaneous translation of what is being said into a visual print display so that it can be read rather than heard. With CART, text appears in real time while words are spoken with options to display them…

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Transcription and Captioning Needs by Industry

Verbit Editorial
12 Jul 2021 8min read
12 Jul 2021 Verbit Editorial
8min read

Transcription and captioning are critical tools which must be provided to aid a variety of individuals. Without them, many such as those who are  Deaf or hard-of-hearing can struggle to participate with equity. Transcription and captioning enable them to follow along with any audio and video they wish to consume in their free time or need to consume as a…

Verbit Celebrates Disability Pride Month

Verbit Editorial
11 Jul 2021 5min read
11 Jul 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

July marks Disability Pride Month! With at least 25% of American adults living with a disability, it’s never been more important to learn from one another and embrace each other’s differences in both personal and professional settings. Approximately 61 million individuals live with a disability that impacts major life activities, according to a CDC report. Verbit is fully committed to…

6 Considerations for In-House vs. Outsourcing Transcription Efforts

Verbit Editorial
7 Jul 2021 5min read
7 Jul 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

In today’s fast paced world, it is becoming best practice to record and capture internal meetings, classes and events. Business and institutional leaders are also creating and offering transcripts with these records to ensure they are accessible, can be referenced easily later and to engage a variety of audiences. However, these audio and video transcripts are often produced in-house due…

How Online Learning is Fueling Employment Opportunities

Jennifer Stralka
24 Jun 2021 4min read
24 Jun 2021 Jennifer Stralka
4min read

Online learning is making education more attainable to many individuals and greatly enhancing their employability. Individuals no longer need to be concerned about online learning programs not being deemed acceptable by employers. According to a survey of 750 employers in the United States, 61% believe credentials earned online can be of equal quality to those completed in person. As a…

Verbit’s Kevin Sklar To Present at This Week’s Accessibility Summer Camp

Jennifer Stralka
16 Jun 2021 2min read
16 Jun 2021 Jennifer Stralka
2min read

This Friday, June 18, Verbit’s Director of Key Accounts, Kevin Sklar, will present at ICT’s annual Accessibility Summer Camp. The conference is designed to connect professionals and educators who are invested in learning more about accessibility needs and best practices. Sklar will be presenting alongside noteworthy industry leaders from the likes of Blackboard, Google, UC Berkeley and California Polytechnic State…

Verbit Joins Global University Leaders Today at Derby’s Online Learning Summit

Danielle Chazen
15 Jun 2021 2min read
15 Jun 2021 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit joins the likes of Blackboard, CANVAS and Pearson at today’s Online Learning Summit produced by the University of Derby. The event is designed to explore the evolution of online learning and teaching for the future. Today’s event celebrates a decade of designing and developing online learning for a global student body. Delivering effective online education during the COVID-19 lockdown…

Verbit Celebrates Pride Month & Discusses Workplace Inclusion

Danielle Chazen
14 Jun 2021 5min read
14 Jun 2021 Danielle Chazen
5min read

It’s June, which means professionals, consumers and students alike are likely “seeing rainbow.” With countless universities and businesses adding a rainbow background to their social media accounts, it’s quite hard to miss. However, it’s also quite simple to ask designers to renovate brand logos. And while the rainbow imagery effectively raises awareness for the milestone that is Pride Month and…

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The Top 5 Technology Considerations For Courses Being Live Streamed

Verbit Editorial
8 Jun 2021 5min read
8 Jun 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

As students continue to learn remotely or in hybrid formats, many best practices and technologies have been uncovered that education leaders and their IT counterparts should consider when live streaming courses via Zoom and other platforms. To optimize the live streaming experience and ensure students’ needs are being met in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE), it is critical to have the…

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Verbit Emerges as a Unicorn Company Following $157 Million in Series D Funding

Danielle Chazen
8 Jun 2021 3min read
8 Jun 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

On the heels of its recent acquisition of VITAC, the Verbit team has exciting news to announce. Verbit has secured $157 million in Series D funding, positioning the company as a unicorn with a valuation of over $1 billion. This marks an incredible achievement just four years after Verbit’s inception. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures, alongside new investors…

Microlearning: What’s All The Hype About?

Jennifer Stralka
3 Jun 2021 4min read
3 Jun 2021 Jennifer Stralka
4min read

Education professionals continue to recognize that the way students learn is changing, while the platforms they learn on are evolving. Educators are embracing new methods of learning delivery and one of these terms which keeps coming up is “microlearning.” “Microlearning is the future of learning especially when we harness the affordances of technology,” said Firoze Ismail, Head Coach, Chief Learning…

Classroom Technologies Benefit More Than Just Students with Specific Learning Needs

Danielle Chazen
2 Jun 2021
2 Jun 2021 Danielle Chazen

Schools are Implementing Technologies that Benefit All Students, Increasing Retention & Graduation Rates Student retention is always a top concern for universities. In 2020, only 41% of full-time students earned their bachelor’s degrees within the standard four-year period, forcing institutions to reevaluate their offerings to ensure their students stay with them through graduation. These numbers have only continued to change…

Top 10 Reasons Why Verbit is Revolutionizing the World of Transcription

Verbit Editorial
25 May 2021 5min read
25 May 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

The transcription market in the US alone was valued at $19.8 billion USD in 2019 and is anticipated to expand by 6.1% from 2020 to 2027. Organizations across the globe generate large volumes of data every day that can be effectively used to obtain valuable insights. Today’s businesses and organizations are using transcription for webinars, research projects, classes, legal proceedings,…

How Mature AI Tools Can Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Sarah Roberts
25 May 2021 4min read
25 May 2021 Sarah Roberts
4min read

Many technologies designed to be inclusive fall short. Speakers with non-anglicized names or who have less neutral accents often feel that technology is excluding them. Voice recognition programs like Siri and Alexa frequently misinterpret a speaker’s words.  For many individuals, the inability of tech to correctly transcribe their speech is a frustrating result of discriminatory programming. Programming voice recognition is…

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6 Benefits of Closed Captioning you Need to Start Utilizing

Verbit Editorial
20 May 2021 4min read
20 May 2021 Verbit Editorial
4min read

Video creation should be a key component for any modern business’s communication and marketing plan. Not only are videos one of the most effective marketing tools to boost engagement with your audience, but they are also effective in getting messages across to your employees. That said, simply creating video is not enough. In order to engage with audiences, employees and…

The Verbit Team Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Danielle Chazen
19 May 2021 5min read
19 May 2021 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Accessibility isn’t just what we do, it’s what individuals at Verbit believe in. Verbit hires individuals who recognize that accessibility is a necessity. Some of our team members have personal experiences with disabilities, while others are working hand-in-hand with university and business leaders to make their offerings more accessible. On a daily basis, we see the importance and the results…

Verbit Leaders Speak at Accessibility-Focused Education Events

Danielle Chazen
18 May 2021 4min read
18 May 2021 Danielle Chazen
4min read

With Global Accessibility Awareness Day coming up this week on Thursday, May 20th, it’s only fitting for the education community to host multiple events focused on this important matter. Verbit’s leadership are investing in events which focus on the idea that accessibility and inclusive design are more important than ever. Accessibility continues to become of greater concern to more stakeholders…

Must-Know Captioning and Accessibility Requirements For UK Higher-Ed Institutions

Sarah Roberts
18 May 2021 5min read
18 May 2021 Sarah Roberts
5min read

According to UK statistics, 13 percent of students entering British universities have a disability. Accommodations are essential to help these students fully participate in their coursework and thrive in higher education settings. Technology is constantly evolving to offer support to higher education students who are navigating disabilities. However, the UK’s laws surrounding accommodations can often be unclear. Some higher education…

Verbit Acquires VITAC To Become World’s Largest AI-Powered Transcription and Captioning Platform

Danielle Chazen
11 May 2021 3min read
11 May 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

In an effort to drive forward its mission to make all video and audio content accessible to everyone through its high-quality captioning and transcription capabilities, Verbit’s leadership team has exciting news to share. Today, Verbit announced the acquisition of VITAC, the largest provider of captioning products and solutions in North America. The acquisition will position Verbit as the No. 1…

Captioning: Exploring Viewer Perception and Reality

Verbit Editorial
4 May 2021 5min read
4 May 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Today, transcription is being used in a variety of scenarios and formats. Whether it’s a court hearing or an online class, many professionals, students and consumers rely on accurate transcription to perform their daily tasks and job roles. These transcription services are often accompanied by an interesting, yet challenging counterpart – live captions. This service, which is primarily designed to…

How & Why Brigham Young University’s Team Only Settles for Fully Accurate Captions

Danielle Chazen
21 Apr 2021 4min read
21 Apr 2021 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Isn’t it nice when technology just works? Erin Willder, Managing Editor at Brigham Young University, is set on ensuring BYU Continuing Education students have all of the tools they need to participate effectively in their courses and that the university’s events are fully accessible to audiences. Willder and her team at BYU are doing so utilizing Verbit and its integration…

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Future of Accessibility & Assistive Technology for Students with Vision Loss

Verbit Editorial
12 Apr 2021 5min read
12 Apr 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Equal opportunities are a necessity in education, playing a crucial role in people’s personal growth, determining their future career prospects and in general human flourishing. Access to education also shouldn’t be dictated by morally arbitrary circumstances, such as the gender, social class or race of an individual. More institutions are committing themselves to inclusion and disability services are coming to…

Disability Initiatives & Accessibility Expectations at Today’s Institutions

Danielle Chazen
11 Apr 2021 3min read
11 Apr 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Accessibility and inclusion are no longer under the jurisdiction of a university’s disability department alone. However, individuals in direct disability and accessibility roles can provide other university stakeholders with a great deal of knowledge, experience and findings to ensure they’re setting their schools and students up for success. Professionals and faculty across all aspects of the university must take note…

Teaching Hacks: ‘Let’s Take Work Off Your Plate’

Danielle Chazen
8 Apr 2021 3min read
8 Apr 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

How can learning coexist in physical and virtual spaces? With over a year of hybrid learning under their belts, university educators and instructional designers have findings to share. From what’s working well to what you should avoid doing, join Verbit as we host a live virtual summit, EduALL: Making Higher Education Work for All Learners on April 22nd. We’ll explore…

What ARPA & Higher-Ed Emergency Relief Funds Mean for Schools

Danielle Chazen
1 Apr 2021 4min read
1 Apr 2021 Danielle Chazen
4min read

The CARES Act, or Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, was passed by Congress in March 2020. Of the $2.2 trillion allotted to provide quick and much-needed economic aid to the Americans impacted by the pandemic, $14B was given to the Office of Postsecondary Education as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, or HEERF. In January 2021, The US…

Why Remote Learning Isn’t Online Learning

Danielle Chazen
25 Mar 2021 3min read
25 Mar 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Simply put: remote learning isn’t online learning. Most of what was perceived as online learning in 2020 was education based on temporary solutions and contingency plans. Most remote courses were not designed or conducted with best practices for online learning in mind. It was a time of scrambling to keep education delivery afloat. So what did higher education learn about…

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Assistive Technology for Visually Impaired

Verbit Editorial
24 Mar 2021 6min read
24 Mar 2021 Verbit Editorial
6min read

Not long ago, those with a visual impairment were restricted. Whether it was in solutions to help them complete day-to-day tasks or in opportunities to learn and secure rewarding careers, equity often was not being provided. With continued enhancements and advancements in assistive technology for visually impaired and blind individuals, the landscape is changing significantly. When given access to the…

Future of education technology

Artificial Intelligence in Education: Present and Future of Intelligence

Verbit Editorial
16 Mar 2021 5min read
16 Mar 2021 Verbit Editorial
5min read

The use of artificial intelligence in education has been a growing trend in recent years and is reshaping the industry. For education, digital transformation promises new operating and educational models and the ability to revolutionize an institution’s value proposition and strategic directions. More tech-savvy schools are attracting students and offering them opportunities for more personalized education delivery. However, despite its…

Announcing Verbit’s Annual EduALL Speaker Lineup

Danielle Chazen
16 Mar 2021 2min read
16 Mar 2021 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit’s leadership is excited to announce the date for our annual EduALL Virtual Summit: Making Higher Education Work For All Learners for April 22nd from 10am-1:30pm EST. The event will engage technology thought leaders and higher-education professionals focused on crafting courses that work for all students. There will be a special session geared toward K-12 education as well, featuring creative…

How Are You Building Buy-In At Your School?

Danielle Chazen
9 Mar 2021 4min read
9 Mar 2021 Danielle Chazen
4min read

In conversations with leaders across both K-12 and higher education institutions, it’s become clear that building buy-in to test our new technologies or adopt new learning methods is often the hardest part. Bringing about change can only be done when the right stakeholders are involved and invested. But how can today’s education leaders build buy-in across their schools? This need…

Verbit Sponsors Keynote at Learning Disabilities Association of America’s Annual Conference

Danielle Chazen
18 Feb 2021 3min read
18 Feb 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Verbit is thrilled to be partnering with the Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) to sponsor the keynote session at the LDA 58th Annual International Conference on February 18th. The event, which will be held virtually in 2021, gathers teachers of special education and general education, counselors, social workers, para educators and special education instructional assistants, psychologists, researchers and college…

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Verbit Has Been Exhibiting & Captioning This Week’s UPCEA SOLA+R

Danielle Chazen
4 Feb 2021 2min read
4 Feb 2021 Danielle Chazen
2min read

This week, Verbit has been partnering with the University Professional & Continuing Education Association for its SOLA+R 2021 event. Verbit has been exhibiting at the event, but is also powering the live captioning of speaking sessions at SOLA+R, the Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable. The event engages key campus leaders to focus on the online enterprise from…

White House To Offer Accessibility with Sign Language Interpreter

Danielle Chazen
26 Jan 2021 3min read
26 Jan 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

On the heels of President Biden’s decision to reverse the former administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military, The White House is further committing to inclusivity and diversity initiatives by providing a sign language interpreter at every press briefing. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced this week that an American Sign Language interpreter will be present at all press…

Verbit to Participate in Future of Education Technology Conference

Danielle Chazen
24 Jan 2021 2min read
24 Jan 2021 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit’s leadership are excited to be participating and exhibiting at this year’s Future of Education Technology Conference, FETC®, a reimagined online event for education technology teams. Attendees come from leading K-12 districts, ed tech providers and higher education institutions to explore the latest productions, solutions and offerings they can bring into their physical and online classrooms. The impact of COVID-19…

Announcing Verbit’s New Solution: Audio Description

Danielle Chazen
19 Jan 2021 5min read
19 Jan 2021 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Verbit releases new Audio Description solution to help blind and low vision learners and viewers Vision disability is one of the top 10 disabilities among adults 18 years and older. It’s one of the most prevalent disabling conditions among children. CDC statistics showcase the severity of vision loss, which may be expected to occur as one ages, but often affect…

Next Week’s Live Event: Ask The Expert on 2021 Expectations

Danielle Chazen
13 Jan 2021 3min read
13 Jan 2021 Danielle Chazen
3min read

2020 may be behind us, but the challenges facing today’s district leaders, educators, students and parents persist. In 2021, the expectation to provide effective education is only higher with months of hybrid and online learning under the belts of school leaders. Join us next week on January 28th at 11am EST for Ask The Expert: 2021 Expectations, a live webinar to…

eTeaching Must-Haves for Schools & Universities in 2021

Danielle Chazen
6 Jan 2021 7min read
6 Jan 2021 Danielle Chazen
7min read

The rise of eLearning in 2020 The global eLearning market reached a historic spike in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic forced the majority of schools and classes to migrate online. More than one billion students across the globe are currently unable to attend schools or universities due to social distancing restrictions. Integrating technology into teaching and learning has never been…

How the NEU Is Making Content Accessible for Teachers and Students

Danielle Chazen
31 Dec 2020 5min read
31 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

When COVID-19 shook the globe at the beginning of 2020, forcing teachers and students to abruptly enter an online setting, the education sector had to find a way to adapt – and fast. In a year that will go down in history, 2020 forced and exacerbated the adoption of technology in the education sector. Despite the uptake being a bit…

Global Education Accessibility: Challenges and Solutions

Danielle Chazen
21 Dec 2020 4min read
21 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted over 1.6 billion students globally with education shifting either entirely online or to hybrid learning models. With less than 50% of faculty having taught online prior, educators have been challenged in 2020, though some of these unprecedented changes have been for the better.  Education leaders in three regions, the US, UK and Australia, spoke live…

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How to Choose an LMS? Learning Management System Defined

Danielle Chazen
21 Dec 2020 7min read
21 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Learning Management Systems (LMS) have played a pivotal role in higher education’s teaching models. Using an LMS gives companies the ability to train anyone, anywhere and ultimately improve workplace performance.  Aside from academic purposes, LMS has reached the corporate world now as well, with an estimated 73.8 million users worldwide. The use of an LMS has enabled substantial growth in…

The Education Industry’s Reality As 2021 Approaches

Danielle Chazen
10 Dec 2020 4min read
10 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

COVID-19 became a true turning point for higher education with over 1.6 billion learners affected. 91 percent of those enrolled learners have been affected and they’re representative of 191 different countrywide closures. This reality has forced leaders and institutions to globalize higher education. “With the pandemic forcing millions of instructors and students abruptly into remote schooling, many have questioned the…

Tomorrow’s Live Webinar: What Global Higher-Ed Leaders Are Saying About Accessibility

Danielle Chazen
9 Dec 2020 3min read
9 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

On March 16, over 250 US colleges and universities came to a grinding halt. Neither the colleges nor students were prepared for campus closures with both ends of the stick facing enormous challenges ahead. Now, the shift is evident, with nearly two-thirds of US colleges remaining either fully or primarily online. Educational institutions have built digital systems at unprecedented rates…

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Four Higher Ed Resolutions to Consider for 2021

Danielle Chazen
6 Dec 2020 4min read
6 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

It’s that time of year again: setting New Year’s resolutions. In addition to your personal resolutions, you can consider making a professional resolution to make a lasting impact on students. Here are four potential New Year’s resolutions for higher education industry professionals to consider as 2021 approaches. 1) Draft Inclusivity Plans for All Students, Including Those With Disabilities That Aren’t…

Spotlight on University Accessibility: Virginia Tech

Danielle Chazen
4 Dec 2020 5min read
4 Dec 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

The need for effective online education and corresponding materials to help remote students succeed has been greatly exacerbated by COVID-19. Making content more accessible to all, especially to hard-of-hearing students, has been one of the main goals of Virginia Tech’s leaders in 2020. As such, VT has been implementing professional captions and transcripts to their materials to enable inclusive access…

How Virginia Tech Is Keeping C.A.L.M. During A Pandemic

Danielle Chazen
19 Nov 2020 2min read
19 Nov 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Keeping C.A.L.M. during a pandemic is not an easy feat, but the leaders at Virginia Tech have taken this time as an opportunity to expand on their campaigns for inclusivity and accessibility with the move to online learning. With nearly every course being offered remotely or in a hybrid environment, instructors and universities are being charged with finding creative ways…

eLearning Platform Skillshare Commits to Inclusivity & Attracts More International Students

Danielle Chazen
5 Nov 2020 6min read
5 Nov 2020 Danielle Chazen
6min read

Skillshare, an online learning community for creativity, has more than 12 million registered members and over 30,000 video-based classes in creative disciplines such as graphic design and photography. The mission of Skillshare is to support professional and personal growth through creativity. Now, its leaders are focused on ensuring that all of their learners are offered a fully inclusive and accessible…

Learn from Leaders at CUNY and University of Oklahoma

Danielle Chazen
4 Nov 2020 3min read
4 Nov 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Education looks different this year. Students are more focused on gaining tactical skills to prepare them to enter a workforce which seems more uncertain than ever before. They’re looking for innovative programs that will help them to get hired for jobs which will provide them with a sense of security. With this reality in mind, schools are reinventing their offerings…

Closing The Gap: Verbit’s Event Session Goes Live

Danielle Chazen
28 Oct 2020 2min read
28 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Closing The Gap was founded in 1982 by Budd and Dolores Hagen, parents of a child with a disability. The Hagens recognized and embraced the revolutionary role technology would play in the life of their son and soon thereafter, began their mission to share the information and possibilities with others. The first edition of Closing The Gap and annual event…

Factors Affecting Students Academic Performance

Factors Affecting Students Academic Performance

Danielle Chazen
27 Oct 2020 7min read
27 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Simply put, this school year, there are more factors to consider when looking at student performance. Aside from natural items that come up, such as a student’s academic track record or reported learning challenges, wrenches have been thrown into the mix due to the current pandemic. Some additional factors affecting student performance pertain to the student’s environment, family status and…

Watch: Leaders Reinventing Traditional Education

Danielle Chazen
22 Oct 2020 3min read
22 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Millennial expectations and new skills needed in today’s workforce were causing a shift to on-demand and online education for some time. Now, with the need to social distance and transform, school leaders are taking advantage of this moment. They’re launching innovative programs designed for online and hybrid learning environments. “We’re seeing this as an opportunity to really start building our…

Are Kindergarteners Taking COVID-19 & Virtual Learning The Hardest?

Danielle Chazen
22 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen

Kindergarten is absolutely an important time for the social and academic growth of students. “I really wish COVID-19 hadn’t happened during my daughter’s kindergarten year. I feel any other year would have been better,” said Kelly Gaither, mom to a 5-year-old kindergarten student at Kingsville Elementary in Baltimore County, Maryland. Gaither’s daughter is learning fully online via Google Meet and…

Washington, D.C. School Gets Creative Amidst COVID-19 Restrictions

Danielle Chazen
11 Oct 2020 6min read
11 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen
6min read

This fall, K-12 leaders have needed to rethink their approaches to schooling in ways that would meet health protocols. Decisions on in-person, hybrid and fully online approaches to teaching were made prior to fall, but have been subject to constant change based on the current crisis. One Washington, D.C. based school, Milton Gottesman, has caught the attention of both the…

Back In School: The Parents’ Perspective

Danielle Chazen
8 Oct 2020
8 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen

It’s a common occurrence. The working parent dials in to an important Zoom meeting with their child on their lap. The parent then needs to end the Zoom call early to attend to their child’s needs. The parent needs to recruit the support of their partner, grandparents and others – should they have access to extra help – or they…

How Virginia Western Community College Turned COVID-19 Into Opportunity

Danielle Chazen
5 Oct 2020 7min read
5 Oct 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

The novel coronavirus has brought about significant challenges for today’s colleges and their students. Yet some higher education leaders are choosing to instead adopt a positive mindset and look at COVID-19 as an opportunity. Among these leaders is Virginia Western Community College, a two-year public institution of higher education operating under the Virginia Community College System. Virginia Western sees a…

Verbit Celebrates International Day of Sign Languages

Danielle Chazen
23 Sep 2020 2min read
23 Sep 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit commits itself daily to ensuring all students and individuals with disabilities are given equal opportunities to succeed academically and professionally. Captions and transcription are core to our offering and were initially designed to help students and viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. While these tools have evolved and are now helping a multitude of different student and…

The School Reopening Process & Different Stakeholder Concerns

Danielle Chazen
14 Sep 2020 5min read
14 Sep 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

While some issues are common across the board as schools reopen and classes begin in hybrid and fully remote settings, professionals in the K-12 sphere are tasked with addressing different challenges. Tomorrow, we are hosting a webinar, K-12: Back In Session, to address all of these individual concerns and encourage you to join your peers there live. We’ve recruited CEO…

K-12 Goes Back: Here’s What We’re Seeing

Danielle Chazen
8 Sep 2020 4min read
8 Sep 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Now that Labor Day weekend has ended, many students are heading back to the classroom today. When referring to the reopening process, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott noted Friday, “there is no playbook for this.” There’s a great deal of uncertainty from school leadership, individual instructors, students and their parents on how to best handle the fall learning experience. While many…

Leading Panelists Confirmed for Live ‘K-12: Back In Session’ Event

Danielle Chazen
30 Aug 2020 4min read
30 Aug 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

In our conversations with K-12 school leadership, we’ve been hearing that a top challenge K-12 schools are facing is helping to put parents at ease. Many parents don’t feel equipped to help facilitate virtual learning for their children. Working parents are also presented with a bandwidth issue; they need to perform their daily work responsibilities, while also ensuring their kids…

Verbit Leadership To Present at 2020 Virtual Education NY Summit

Danielle Chazen
16 Aug 2020 3min read
16 Aug 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

On Tuesday, August 18th, Verbit’s leadership will be speaking on a panel session during an event produced by City & State New York, a premier media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy. The event, New York’s Current and Future Education in a Post COVID 19 Era, will take place from 1-4:30pm EST. City &…

Fall 2020 Outlook: Analyzing University Plans & Pain Points

Danielle Chazen
13 Aug 2020 5min read
13 Aug 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Universities’ plans on how to approach the Fall 2020 semester seem to be continuously changing. Many universities and higher education leaders who had hoped to launch on-campus offerings are reversing course and now enlisting fully-online or hybrid approaches. For example, this week, Morgan State University and Santa Clara University joined the list of schools changing their initial plans to reopen.…

Keynote Speaker Karen Yoshino Joins EduALL: Back To School Event

Danielle Chazen
5 Aug 2020 2min read
5 Aug 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit has named its keynote speaker for next week’s EduALL: Back To School Edition virtual event as Karen Yoshino, PhD. Yoshino has decades of experience in higher education, regional accreditation, standardized testing and leadership, currently serving as a higher education consultant for Van Allen Strategies. Yoshino’s consulting practice includes competency-based education program design, outcomes assessment planning and design, online program…

What Will ‘Back to School’ Look Like This Fall?

Danielle Chazen
28 Jul 2020 2min read
28 Jul 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit’s EduALL virtual summit will return for a ‘Back To School Edition‘ to explore what this year’s fall semesters may look like. With conflicting advice coming from leadership, peers, the government and others, many school leaders are left to decide whether they’ll be offering their fall semester courses fully online, in-person or if they should enlist a hybrid approach. Join…

Celebrating 30 Years of Progress for Americans with Disabilities

Danielle Chazen
26 Jul 2020 4min read
26 Jul 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Today, Verbit joins in the celebration of 30 years of progress in access and inclusion due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Verbit team continues to innovate its tools and create new partnerships to drive accessibility forward as top priorities. Inclusion is embedded into our company culture, and our employees are driven by opportunities to help fuel inclusive…

Web Accessibility Essentials for Successful Distance Learning

Danielle Chazen
23 Jul 2020 6min read
23 Jul 2020 Danielle Chazen
6min read

Successful distance learning is a far cry from a ctrl+c and ctrl+v of in-person classes into online learning platforms. During this period of social distancing and a significant increase in distance learning offerings, the importance of web accessibility is gaining momentum. Web accessibility occurs when website development and interaction with that site work together to become accessible to individuals with…

Students’ Attention Spans & Web Conferencing

Danielle Chazen
21 Jul 2020 4min read
21 Jul 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Now that the number of students learning online has increased substantially, schools have been able to gather data and make informed decisions on tools that serve their students best. School leaders are also learning that these tools, such as web conferencing or video hosting platforms, may work well for one school or age group, but not for others. As a…

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What Will K-12 Back To School Look Like Come Fall?

Danielle Chazen
7 Jul 2020 6min read
7 Jul 2020 Danielle Chazen
6min read

The end of summer is fast approaching, and government and school leaders are crafting plans for what back to school will look like in 2020. While many K-12 students are slated to return to school in August and early September, the situation will likely vary from region to region and even school to school. It’s also quite likely that decisions…

Top Tips for Teaching Online and Via Zoom

Danielle Chazen
6 Jul 2020 5min read
6 Jul 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Many professionals are questioning what the educational experience will look like come fall 2020 and even spring 2021. Institutions are crowdsourcing information and making decisions for the months ahead. University leaders are performing around the clock course design work in preparation and anticipating for the future, even though the future remains quite unclear due to the global health crisis. Higher…

A to Zoom: Acing Online Learning Webinar

Danielle Chazen
16 Jun 2020 3min read
16 Jun 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

A significant number of online learning experiences are now happening via Zoom. With more time and experience utilizing the platform, educators have identified challenges and are benefiting from best practices which have been uncovered in the process. As a result, Verbit is investing more in its integrations with Zoom and additional web conferencing platforms. We’re therefore hosting a webinar to…

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Transcription Security – How Verbit Ensures Your Data Stays Secure

Danielle Chazen
11 Jun 2020 5min read
11 Jun 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Data security should be a top priority for every business and professional. Ensuring that sensitive data, including personal data, stays secure is critical. Transcriptions are one area of focus currently in the realm of cybersecurity. From notes taken during internal client meetings, to transcriptions of global town halls where company performance statistics are shared to admissible transcriptions of legal proceedings,…

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Emerging Technologies in Education Making an Impact

Danielle Chazen
7 Jun 2020 5min read
7 Jun 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Higher education is experiencing the power of technology more than ever before. Educational technology tools, which were once thought of as forward-thinking or nice-to-have, are now needed to continue teaching students without disruption in the current climate. Emerging technologies for teaching and learning are making a significant impact on the ways students consume course material and universities are being charged…

‘Live Room by Verbit’ Interactive Application Unveiled for Zoom Desktop Users

Danielle Chazen
4 Jun 2020 2min read
4 Jun 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit has released a new desktop application, Live Room by Verbit, which provides live, interactive transcripts and captions within Zoom web conferencing. The application supports companies and universities, helping them to ensure their online meetings, courses and events are delivered effectively to both comply with legal requirements and meet the needs of all remote participants. “Following the massive growth in…

Get Inspired: It’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Danielle Chazen
21 May 2020 3min read
21 May 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Accessibility and inclusion should be at the forefront of every higher education leader’s strategic goals. Today marks Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Verbit is highly committed to spreading awareness about the importance of accessibility for today’s students. Access can truly make or break the student experience. All students should be given equal opportunities to succeed and participate in the online and…

The New Norm: Data and Tools To Fuel Effective Virtual Learning

Danielle Chazen
14 May 2020 2min read
14 May 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

The pivot from in-person classes to virtual learning at colleges and universities around the world has been an eye-opening experience. Instructors are quickly realizing the power of video to deliver engaging, personalized learning, while students are settling into video lectures and collaborative conferencing calls. It may be easy to overlook one important aspect – accessibility – during the rush. As…

Verbit Engages Higher-Ed Thought Leaders for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Danielle Chazen
5 May 2020 2min read
5 May 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Thursday, May 21 marks the ninth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Accessibility and inclusion should be at the forefront of every higher education leader’s mind and embedded in their strategic goals when designing new courses, providing students with online video offerings, as well as organizing extracurricular events. Global Accessibility Awareness Day is designed to get everyone talking, thinking and learning…

The Start of Summer Semesters: Making Online Courses More Accessible

Danielle Chazen
5 May 2020 4min read
5 May 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Summer semesters present opportunities for universities to engage new students, as well as allow for existing students to complete more coursework to speed up their anticipated degree completion dates. This summer, most courses will be offered online due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, professors who are new to teaching in the online environment can now make it relatively easy to…

How Does Artificial Intelligence Fit into the Transcription Process?

Danielle Chazen
26 Apr 2020 5min read
26 Apr 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Artificial Intelligence and its accompanying technologies have transformed countless manual tasks into automated ones. AI is helping businesses and professionals save much needed time, resources and budgets. AI is now being used to fuel the transcription process. Transcripts were formerly thought of as materials delivered to media outlets after important speeches or to legal professionals in courtroom settings. While these…

Video Conferencing in Education: Addition, Alternative or Future of Education

Danielle Chazen
23 Apr 2020 7min read
23 Apr 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Technology has greatly disrupted traditional education and learning methods. The industry only continues to evolve as more tools to fuel student engagement become available. There has been a substantial increase in implementing online tools and digital media to modernize education and drive the engagement of students. Video and the need to facilitate distance learning is one of the biggest drivers…

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EduALL Event Attracts 800 Higher Education Professionals

Danielle Chazen
5 Apr 2020 3min read
5 Apr 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

More than 800 higher education professionals registered to join Verbit’s inaugural virtual summit, EduALL: Making Higher Education Work for All Learners, last week on April 1st. The event was attended by individuals serving in diverse leadership roles at institutions, including deans, professors, instructional designers, accessibility and disability directors, learning technology and IT professionals, consultants and online learning experts. EduALL aimed…

Verbit Provides Technology for Conference Centered on COVID-19 Treatments

Danielle Chazen
3 Apr 2020 2min read
3 Apr 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

This week, Professor Jeffrey Gray of Johns Hopkins University is hosting a virtual conference with more than 200 scientists to drive further collaboration and synergies as they work to develop possible vaccines and treatments for the new coronavirus. The virtual meeting is designed to bring together the COVID-19 related research being conducted at more than 75 Rosetta Commons labs. The…

Upcoming Webinar: Did You Move Your School Online Effectively?

Danielle Chazen
31 Mar 2020 2min read
31 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Has your school reinstated its courses online due to the COVID-19 pandemic? The answer is likely yes, but just because a class is now available online, doesn’t mean it’s been implemented effectively. We’ve been receiving a lot of questions surrounding recommended video platforms to use, as well as online learning techniques and best practices to adopt. Verbit is therefore hosting…

Explore ‘The Future of Ed-Tech’ at This Week’s EduALL Virtual Event

Danielle Chazen
30 Mar 2020 3min read
30 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

In a recent piece on Forbes, Paul LeBlanc examined the current challenges facing colleges and universities, which are “scrambling to finish the academic year online, fretting over next fall’s enrollment, and struggling with cash flow challenges.” LeBlanc serves as President of Southern New Hampshire University, one of the largest universities in the U.S. with 180,000 learners, mostly online. He went…

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EduALL: Next Week’s Virtual Event for Higher-Ed Professionals

Danielle Chazen
24 Mar 2020 2min read
24 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, leaders at universities and eLearning institutions were already exploring how to utilize more technology to enhance the student experience. With an influx of tools on the market, as well as further insights from those who have effectively implemented principles like the Universal Design for Learning and accessibility initiatives, it can be difficult for higher-ed professionals…

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Find the Best Professional Video Platform for Your Needs: Kaltura Advantages

Danielle Chazen
23 Mar 2020 6min read
23 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
6min read

The use of video has exploded in recent years. Video has proven to be an effective tool to engage, educate and entertain an array of audiences. It’s therefore being implemented into more university courses, eLearning, companies’ marketing campaigns, employee training and media coverage. When producing video, leaders at universities, companies and media institutions can select from a range of solutions…

Expert Tips: Transitioning to Online Learning

Danielle Chazen
22 Mar 2020 7min read
22 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

University leaders are currently being charged with continuing to provide coursework to students, but limiting all face-to-face interactions to keep their students safe. However, many of these professors have never taught in virtual environments prior. They’re actively seeking actionable tips and knowledge on how to keep their students engaged while learning remotely. “The challenge right now is ensuring that new…

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Hear from Universities In Action: EduALL Virtual Summit

Danielle Chazen
15 Mar 2020 2min read
15 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

University administrators with responsibilities which fall within the disability services, IT and accessibility departments were formerly faced with the daunting challenge of making the case for embedding more digital technologies into current classrooms to aid more students. Now, with 200 universities and colleges moving their courses online in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the expertise of these individuals is being…

Schools are Shifting to Online Learning Due to the Coronavirus

Danielle Chazen
11 Mar 2020 3min read
11 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

A growing number of universities and colleges are shifting to remote learning and cancelling in-person classes due to fears of the spread of the coronavirus. Some schools are even asking students to leave their campuses. More than 1,000 cases have now been reported in the US. American University, the University of Maryland, Syracuse University and Rice University are among those…

Verbit Announces Launch of EduALL Virtual Summit

Danielle Chazen
5 Mar 2020 2min read
5 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
2min read

Verbit is excited to announce the launch of EduALL, a complimentary virtual summit, on April 1st from 10am – 12:30pm EST. The event is designed to provide higher-ed professionals with best practices, tips and tools to evolve their universities and online schools to work for all students, regardless of ability or disability. The event will feature notable speakers such as…

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Accessibility Requirements & Considerations for UK Institutions

Danielle Chazen
4 Mar 2020 4min read
4 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Universities and online schools in North America aren’t the only ones looking to make their course materials more accessible. Legislation in the United Kingdom, including the Equality Act of 2010 (EQA), has driven universities and online schools in the UK to provide greater accessibility to their students. Rather than view the tools deemed necessary to make materials accessible as requirements…

Webinar Recap: The UDL Power Shift with Dr. Eric Moore

Danielle Chazen
3 Mar 2020 8min read
3 Mar 2020 Danielle Chazen
8min read

The “Universal Design for Learning” approach continues to gain recognition and momentum among higher education professionals. Verbit recently hosted a webinar focused on UDL application to provide a refresh on UDL and how it’s evolving. Dr. Eric Moore, a UDL specialist at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a higher-ed consultant, recently joined Verbit’s Accessibility Evangelist, Scott Ready to explore…

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Verbit Showcases Global Accessibility Technology in Vienna

Danielle Chazen
27 Feb 2020 3min read
27 Feb 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Last week, Eran Fishov, Head of Customer Success at Verbit, represented Verbit as part of a delegation organized by Access Israel to Vienna. The Israeli delegation met with Austrian business leaders and stakeholders, including Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria Parliament, who is an accessibility advocate. As part of the delegation, Fishov presented Verbit’s…

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Verbit Selected to Join Israeli Innovation and Accessibility Delegation in Vienna

Danielle Chazen
13 Feb 2020 3min read
13 Feb 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Verbit is one of three companies selected to join the Access Israel delegation representing Israeli technology and innovation next week in Vienna at the Zero Project Conference. The three-day conference, which takes place February 19-21, gathers 500 innovators and leaders from around the world to bring exposure to the most innovative and effective policies, practices and technologies improving the lives…

Spotlighting Inspiration: Global Disability Innovation Hub

Danielle Chazen
5 Feb 2020 3min read
5 Feb 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

As Verbit aims to provide technology that creates more opportunities for students and professionals navigating disabilities to succeed, we often encounter organizations with missions that inspire our work. We’d like to spotlight one organization, the Global Disability Innovation Hub, which is tackling an array of disability-focused challenges. The GDI Hub consists of both an academic research center and a community…

What to Consider When Creating an Online Course

Danielle Chazen
5 Feb 2020 7min read
5 Feb 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

From parents with young children to those who lack means of transportation or are employed full-time, online course offerings can remove a significant barrier standing in the way of their ability to earn an education and a degree. Online courses present countless benefits, including meeting the expectations and needs of today’s tech savvy, remote world. Yet designing an online course…

Kaltura Connect

Connections Sparked at Kaltura Connect

Danielle Chazen
28 Jan 2020 4min read
28 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
4min read

From Mayo Clinic’s use of video to connect with its patients to Mark Sunday’s advice on adopting live video technologies, last week’s Kaltura Connect conference engaged 500 attendees around the importance, growth and evolution of video. Verbit served as an event sponsor and sent some of its leaders to New Orleans to connect live with customers experiencing the benefits that…

international students

Helping International Students Succeed on Campus

Danielle Chazen
26 Jan 2020 5min read
26 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

The number of international students in the US reached an all-time high, with more than one million international students. International students make up 5.5 percent of the total US higher education population. They also contributed $44.7 billion to the US economy in 2018, an increase of 5.5 percent from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Universities…

verbit at kaltura connect

Verbit to Exhibit at Kaltura Connect This Week

Danielle Chazen
20 Jan 2020 3min read
20 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Verbit is excited to be participating and exhibiting at this week’s video experience conference, Kaltura Connect, to be held January 21-23 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. This annual conference gathers 500 attendees for three days of workshops, panels and networking to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in video. Each year, Kaltura gathers some of the world’s leading…

effective classroom video

Webinar Recap: How AI Empowers Personalized Learning

Danielle Chazen
20 Jan 2020 7min read
20 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Providing students with more personalized learning has been a goal of university leaders for years. Experienced higher education professionals understand that each learner brings a unique blend of experiences and expectations to the desk and can therefore benefit from multiple methods of consuming course content. In the past, educators have tried to enlist learning management systems to develop various learning…

Verbit closes $31 million Series B funding round with Stripes

Verbit Raises Additional $31 Million in Series B Funding Round

Danielle Chazen
16 Jan 2020 3min read
16 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
3min read

Verbit is excited to announce the close of a $31 million Series B round, led by growth equity firm Stripes and with participation from Viola Ventures, Vertex Ventures, HV Ventures, Oryzn Capital and ClalTech. This latest round of funding brings Verbit’s total amount raised to $65 million, following a $23 million Series A round in January 2019. Verbit’s valuation has…

enterprise video platform

Enterprise Video Platforms: Why to Choose and How to Use

Danielle Chazen
16 Jan 2020 7min read
16 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Video streaming is on the rise, increasing from over 972MM video viewers in 2017 to over 1.1 billion in 2020. This number is only expected to increase, reaching 1.3 billion by 2024. When considering the growth of video, it’s important to consider all of the individuals consuming it. From those who are commuting to those who are living with disabilities…

schools with special learning programs

Spotlighting Schools with Learning Differences Programs

Danielle Chazen
14 Jan 2020 5min read
14 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

The experience of going off to college can feel daunting to many. Students are presented with a period of unprecedented internal growth and a mix of opportunities and challenges that can be self-defining. Yet when you factor in also managing a learning challenge or disability, it’s important for students to know they’re investing in schools that will also invest in…

diverse inclusive campus

Fueling an Inclusive Campus

Danielle Chazen
8 Jan 2020 5min read
8 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
5min read

When it comes to inclusion, effective university leaders are looking beyond making course materials more accessible. Yes, this is an important step and a big focus for Verbit, but it’s also vital to focus on how changing mentalities and perceptions on campuses can prove to be equally impactful. Striving to create a campus where all students can feel respected and…

what makes a good online course

How to Choose a Good Online Course

Danielle Chazen
7 Jan 2020 7min read
7 Jan 2020 Danielle Chazen
7min read

More universities and companies are investing in providing distance learning opportunities. With many marketing tactics at play and unaccredited programs on the market, it’s important to do your research and gain a strong understanding of the specific program you’re signing up for. When choosing to invest your hard-earned savings or making considerations to take out a student loan, it’s crucial…

Verbit webinar with TCS Education System

Webinar Recap: Executing an Inclusion Plan

Danielle Chazen
26 Dec 2019 6min read
26 Dec 2019 Danielle Chazen
6min read

As part of a recurring series, “The Accessible Classroom Redefined,” Verbit hosted a webinar this month to gather higher education decision makers for a live discussion. This episode, Driving Inclusion with Key Partner Institutions, was led by Accessibility Evangelist Scott Ready and featured TCS Education System’s Senior Learning Experience Designer, Lord Giddie. Giddie has been successfully implementing inclusion measures and…

closed captioning

Closed Captioning 101: What You Should Know

Danielle Chazen
22 Dec 2019 4min read
22 Dec 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Leaders in higher education are captioning their content more than ever before. Institutions are utilizing closed captioning services to assist students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students who retain content better when it’s also presented visually. Unlike open captions, which are displayed on the video by default, closed video captioning services are controlled by the…

NAD vs. Harvard University: Landmark Case Settled

Landmark Case Settled with Harvard University

Danielle Chazen
15 Dec 2019 3min read
15 Dec 2019 Danielle Chazen
3min read

A landmark case on accessibility involving one of the most iconic universities was just settled. Four years after litigation began, The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) announced that Harvard University will be instituting a new series of guidelines to make the university’s site, online resources and live events accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Harvard…

declining student enrollment and retention

Declining Enrollment Trends & Technology’s Potential Impact

Danielle Chazen
15 Dec 2019 4min read
15 Dec 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Student retention is often top-of-mind for nearly every university leader, but what happens when initial enrollment numbers decline? Declining enrollment is a significant problem facing the higher education industry. The severity of today’s enrollment decline came to light last month in Boston when Beacon Hill leaders met to debate a bill requiring more financial transparency from higher education institutions. The…

assistive technologies for deaf or hard of hearing students

How Technology Assists Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Danielle Chazen
12 Dec 2019 5min read
12 Dec 2019 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Individuals navigating a multitude of disabilities that often aren’t evident by the naked eye, frequently do not disclose them. As a result, these individuals often aren’t taking advantage of tools that can greatly assist them in their studies, workplace or daily lives. This reality is elucidated by statistics, which include: 1 in 8 people in the U.S. is experiencing hearing…

accessing higher ground conference

Verbit Presents at Accessing Higher Ground Conference

Danielle Chazen
4 Dec 2019 4min read
4 Dec 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

As technology progresses, higher education institutions continue to make strides toward more inclusive, accessible experiences for students. Yet according to a 2019 report by the National Center for College Students with Disabilities, there are still many barriers to campus access. Professionals at Verbit continue to seek out ways to partner with organizations that educate higher education institutions on accessibility and…

speech recognition

What is Speech Recognition Used For?

Danielle Chazen
21 Nov 2019 6min read
21 Nov 2019 Danielle Chazen
6min read

Automatic speech recognition impacts everything from our personal lives to how justice is served in courts to improved student learning. So what exactly is speech recognition? How does speech recognition work across industries that impact our day to day lives, health, education, careers, and chances to thrive? How Did Speech Recognition Begin? It was 1952 when Bell Laboratories presented Audrey,…

education technology

The Impact of Education Technology on Student Achievement

Danielle Chazen
21 Nov 2019 5min read
21 Nov 2019 Danielle Chazen
5min read

Higher education institutions are combining advanced technology and education strategies to improve student achievement. This combination has led to incredible growth in the expansion of personalized learning paths that help students thrive and interactive experiences that further immerse students in the professions they’re pursuing. These strategies are preparing students to work in fast-paced, technologically-driven environments. Arguably the greatest impact of…

assistive technologies

Low and High Tech Assistive Technology: A Timeline

Danielle Chazen
6 Nov 2019 4min read
6 Nov 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

In a world and society designed for ‘normal’, people with disabilities often find it challenging to access everyday opportunities that many take for granted. This reality is especially evident in higher education. These limitations are evident physically, such as university elevators that are too narrow for wheelchairs, and academically when classes are taught without closed captions and transcriptions for deaf…

voice recognition

What is Voice Recognition Used for and How Does it Work?

Danielle Chazen
6 Nov 2019 4min read
6 Nov 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Voice recognition technology identifies a speaker and authenticates that he or she is indeed that individual. Unlike speech recognition, which identifies the words spoken, voice recognition analyzes countless patterns and elements that distinguish one person’s voice from another. Voice recognition is now being used in every facet of our lives, personally and professionally. How Is Voice Recognition Used in Everyday…

EDUCAUSE & Verbit: Leveraging Technology to Improve Higher Education Accessibility

Danielle Chazen
13 Oct 2019 4min read
13 Oct 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

Digital transformation is making waves in higher education across the world. It changes how leadership manages the campus, it makes data-based automation possible for improving campus operations and student wellbeing, and it differentiates institutions for top tier students who seek innovative education that trains them to succeed in tomorrow’s workplaces, just to name a few of the exciting developments. But…

Transcription Rates

Transcription Rates & What Must Be Included in the Price

Danielle Chazen
13 Oct 2019 6min read
13 Oct 2019 Danielle Chazen
6min read

In today’s world, organizations are inundated with a wide variety of transcription rate structures, which makes it challenging to compare one service provider from another. Therefore, the following quick guide is all about the most common payment structures, what transcription rate per minute and transcription rates per hour organizations can expect to pay, plus what exactly goes into those rates,…

Positive Effects of Technology on Education

Danielle Chazen
13 Oct 2019 7min read
13 Oct 2019 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Education has been opening doors to professional and personal growth for centuries, but not for everyone. Therefore, an increasing number of education organizations are tapping into the positive effects of technology on education, realizing that choosing the right tools and methods can be a game-changer for students that have been previously marginalized. To get organizations ready to expand their impact…

Virginia Tech and Verbit – National Disability Employment Awareness Summit

Danielle Chazen
3 Oct 2019 4min read
3 Oct 2019 Danielle Chazen
4min read

“In 1945, Congress declared the first week in October ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’ That week is now a month, so there’s more time to celebrate,” reported the National Disability Institute, explaining that the entire month of October is now dedicated to highlighting barriers to employment that people with disabilities face, and the significance of including them more efficiently…

Open Captions Vs Closed Captions

Open Captions vs Closed Captions

Danielle Chazen
22 Jul 2019 7min read
22 Jul 2019 Danielle Chazen
7min read

Today’s universities and online education organizations strive for inclusivity and accessibility in order to spread knowledge and create career opportunities for all, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing or aren’t native speakers of the class’s language of instruction. As distractions increase and information is conveyed faster than ever, adding captions to your content can easily scale the…

Why Captions Improve Online Course Completion Rates and Student Engagement

Danielle Chazen
3 Jul 2019 5min read
3 Jul 2019 Danielle Chazen
5min read

In the ’70s, ABC introduced the concept of adding words to television programs. It was a major innovation that required sophisticated technology and specialized equipment, meaning not all TV sets could support it. But, it marked the dawn of a new era and represented a major milestone for the hearing-impaired community. As the decades progressed, we’ve reached the point where…

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities Benefits All Learners

Verbit Editorial
4 Jun 2019 4min read
4 Jun 2019 Verbit Editorial
4min read

The makeup of the American student population is changing. According to a report by the United States Department of Education, approximately 11% of all undergraduates in American colleges report having a disability – up from 6% almost two decades prior. But, while more students with disabilities are enrolling in college programs, the graduation rate of this population remains lower. 41%…

How Accessibility is Driving The Top EdTech Trends

Verbit Editorial
21 May 2019 6min read
21 May 2019 Verbit Editorial
6min read

Technology is evolving faster than most of us can keep up. It’s hard to believe that the iPad made its debut a mere nine years ago. 15 years ago, who could fathom that we could keep a computer in our back pockets? Yet a few years later, the first iPhone made its debut and that is exactly what we do.…

4 Steps to Receiving Accommodations for Students with Disabilities in Higher Ed Institutions

Verbit Editorial
6 May 2019 4min read
6 May 2019 Verbit Editorial
4min read

Since the inception of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the 70s, there has been a steady increase in the number of students receiving special education services in the K-12 environment. However, this number seems to drop off when students reach university. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, around 13% of K-12 students have some disability,…

Many Benefits Technology for People with Disabilities

Verbit Editorial
22 Apr 2019 4min read
22 Apr 2019 Verbit Editorial
4min read

What is the Definition of Assistive Technology? The 1998 United States Assistive Technology Act defines assistive technology, or, adaptive technology, as any “product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” Like all technology, these products have evolved over time, both in their capabilities…

How Advanced Technology Is Propelling the Growth of eLearning

Verbit Editorial
1 Apr 2019 6min read
1 Apr 2019 Verbit Editorial
6min read

It’s hard to believe that, even just a few short years ago, people were skeptical about the longevity and stickiness of eLearning. However, the numbers don’t lie. Market research firm Global Industry Analysts had projected that eLearning would reach $107 billion in revenue by the year 2015, and it did. Now, Research and Markets forecasts predict the eLearning industry will…

Why Your eLearning Strategy Needs Artificial Intelligence Transcription

Verbit Editorial
1 Dec 2018 4min read
1 Dec 2018 Verbit Editorial
4min read

The emergence of eLearning platforms has revolutionized the modern approach to higher education by embodying efficiency, flexibility, and accessibility for all. Studying online provides a way for anyone to learn on-demand, without being tied to a specific course schedule. Some of the top advantages include a flexible learning environment, lower costs, wider course topic selection and freedom to personalize the…

Why Every University Should Be on Board with Universal Design for Learning

Verbit Editorial
15 Nov 2018 5min read
15 Nov 2018 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Universal Design for Learning, or UDL for short, is a strategic approach to instruction that prioritizes diversity and accessibility. At the heart of UDL is a belief that a classroom designed for students at the margins is better for all. Rather than instructors devising a curriculum and then retrofitting it to students with different needs, UDL preaches an inclusive, holistic…

The Role of Transcription and Captioning in Blended Learning

Verbit Editorial
3 Oct 2018 3min read
3 Oct 2018 Verbit Editorial
3min read

Higher education today is not what it used to be. Once upon a time, taking copious notes as the professor droned on and memorizing textbook passages were synonymous with the college learning experience. However, over the past two decades, online education and multimedia content have supplanted outdated methods, becoming mainstays of the educational landscape. Thanks to the surge of digital…

The Curb Cut Effect Explained

Verbit Editorial
17 Sep 2018 3min read
17 Sep 2018 Verbit Editorial
3min read

What is a curb cut? Sometimes easy to overlook, a curb cut is a small ramp that can be found at most intersections, between the sidewalk and the street. You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but this tiny, almost imperceptible feature of most urban centers has redefined accessibility as we know it. Let’s take a closer look… A…

How MOOCs Are Beating Universities at Their Own Game

Verbit Editorial
29 Aug 2018 4min read
29 Aug 2018 Verbit Editorial
4min read

Consider this: the average annual tuition for out-of-state students at a public four-year college is $23,890, not including housing, food, books, supplies, and other necessities. As education-related expenses reach sky-high numbers and continue to rise, many critics have begun to question if attending university is actually the sound investment it was always thought to be. Students too are growing increasingly…

How to Create Real Change on Campus

Verbit Editorial
16 Aug 2018 5min read
16 Aug 2018 Verbit Editorial
5min read

You’ve officially made it to the final chapter in our blog series on campus inclusivity. So far, we’ve explored the areas of academic, online and physical accessibility. In this last section, we’ll dive deeper into how to truly put words into action and engage the entire university community to create positive changes on campus. Many colleges and universities make grand statements about diversity and include students…

Is Your Campus Physically Accessible?

Verbit Editorial
9 Aug 2018 3min read
9 Aug 2018 Verbit Editorial
3min read

Welcome back to part three of our blog series on increasing campus accessibility. So far, we’ve covered the importance of both inclusive academics and online accessibility. In this latest chapter, we will delve deeper into the many facets of physical accessibility, and its key role in the bigger picture. “In case of fire use stairs”. Plastered on walls in most public buildings, it’s…

The 7 Keys to Online Accessibility

Verbit Editorial
23 Jul 2018 5min read
23 Jul 2018 Verbit Editorial
5min read

Welcome back to our blog series on increasing campus accessibility. Part one focused on the importance of inclusive academics, specifically through universal design. In this section, we will explore the key role of online accessibility in ensuring an equitable learning environment for all students. Most universities have shifted to an online paradigm, offering lecture recordings along with a variety of content on…

Looking ahead to AHEAD: 5 themes to watch at the conference

Verbit Editorial
17 Jul 2018 3min read
17 Jul 2018 Verbit Editorial
3min read

Taking place this week, the annual AHEAD conference brings together disability professionals in higher education to make valuable connections and gain new insights. This year’s 41st edition in Albuquerque, New Mexico promises to present different perspectives on many relevant topics, and of course, give attendees the chance to catch up with colleagues and build new relationships. The Verbit team can…

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? (ADA)

Verbit Editorial
10 Jul 2018
10 Jul 2018 Verbit Editorial

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities…

The 4 core pillars of Universal Design

Verbit Editorial
5 Jul 2018 4min read
5 Jul 2018 Verbit Editorial
4min read

College is a time when students get to taste independence, living away from their families and the familiar confines of their hometowns for the very first time. This can prove especially demanding as they become immersed in a more rigorous and often less personalized academic environment. These circumstances can feel even more taxing for students with disabilities, who have an…

94.8% of students favor video transcripts

Verbit Editorial
16 May 2018 3min read
16 May 2018 Verbit Editorial
3min read

When asked to rate the online video experience, 94% of students found that implemented videos are useful and beneficial. In addition 94.8% of students would recommend the addition of video transcripts on university websites. The main purpose of video transcripts in education is to enable and increase student engagement especially amongst disabled students. Verbit’s proprietary technology has been fine-tuned and…

Verbit raises $11 million seed round

Verbit Editorial
3 Apr 2018 3min read
3 Apr 2018 Verbit Editorial
3min read

April 2018 – Verbit secures a $11million seed funding, led by HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Vertex Ventures and Oryzn Capital. Verbit was founded only a year ago by entrepreneurs Tom Livne (CEO), Eric Shellef (CTO) and Kobi Ben-Tzvi (VP of Engineering). The startups operates in the professional transcription market, which is a multi billion dollar market for its various connections to clients at different…

Web Accessibility and Higher Education

Verbit Editorial
3 Apr 2018 6min read
3 Apr 2018 Verbit Editorial
6min read

For a moment, let’s consider accessibility and imagine that the year is 1990. New Kids on the Block is churning out hit after hit, Home Alone is the No. 1 movie in America, and the Internet still exists as a hard-to-explain phenomenon (yes, a strange year indeed). And yet, beyond the pop culture references and fun facts, 1990 also marks…