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

By Sarah Roberts

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

By Danielle Chazen

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…
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Captioning: Exploring Viewer Perception and Reality

By Verbit Editorial

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

By Danielle Chazen

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 Visually Impaired Students

By Verbit Editorial

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…
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Disability Initiatives & Accessibility Expectations at Today’s Institutions

By Danielle Chazen

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

By Danielle Chazen

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

By Danielle Chazen

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…
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Why Remote Learning Isn’t Online Learning

By Danielle Chazen

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: Making a Difference

By Verbit Editorial

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…
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