In November 2021, a record 4.5 million Americans left their jobs. The high number of people quitting was part of a trend that persisted throughout the year, earning the label “The Great Resignation.” With so many employees throwing in the towel, business leaders are realizing they need to change course if they want to attract and keep talent.
Research shows that offices with ping-pong tables, open floor plans and bean bag chairs aren’t the draw candidates are seeking. Luckily, the strategic use of technology can help usher in a more positive work environment by giving employees things that they do want, like better communication, more time for projects that help them develop as professionals and better work-life balance.
Here are some inspiring ways technology can transform corporate culture and meet the needs of employees and their employers.
Employees reported they’re spending about half of their work time on scheduling and on menial tasks that take them away from their substantive work. When employees spend too much time on repetitive or mindless tasks, it can leave them feeling undervalued and unmotivated.
AI-powered technology like Xtracta can come in to perform data entry and fill in forms, taking over these simple, repetitive tasks. For example, the charity New York Foundling suspected that too much time on dull data entry was contributing to its 42% annual turnover. When the organization implemented software robots to perform the most repetitive tasks, its turnover dropped to just 17%. The results highlight the fact that when employees can devote time to work that helps them develop as professionals, they are happier in their positions.
Today’s employees want and expect greater flexibility in where and how they work. Work from home opportunities lead to greater productivity for many, cost savings on commuting and less office space rentals for employers. According to surveys, 74% of employees stated they would be less likely to leave their company if they had the option to work from home. Given the struggles many companies face when it comes to attracting talent, this statistic deserves attention.
Zoom and other video conferencing tools are nearly ubiquitous because of their ability to make working from home less isolating. However, video conferencing technology is just one of many solutions improving remote work conditions.
Another useful technology for remote workforces is Freedom, which blocks websites and apps during work hours to prevent employees from falling down Facebook rabbit holes. By removing the temptation to find out what’s trending on Twitter, Freedom allows people to work more efficiently and be more productive.
Also, when teams are logging in from home, cafes or airports, they may create security risks. ExpressVPN is a product companies are turning to as a way to data when their employees are working from anywhere. All of these technologies are paving the way for flexible long-term work-from-home arrangements.
From developing fake meat to solar glass, innovative tech companies are working to improve the environment. However, employees expect even businesses whose primary focus isn’t sustainability to contribute to the effort by reducing their own negative impacts. For instance, 70% of employees are more likely to accept jobs from sustainable companies and most millennials report they’d even take a pay cut to work for an employer that values sustainability.
When it comes to using technology to better the environment, few companies can compete with Microsoft’s goal of eliminating more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit. The tech company put its money where its mouth is, and invested $1 billion into developing tools for carbon removal.
Another example is Google, which implemented an AI model to reduce the energy usage of its data centers by 40%. Smaller companies can take more modest steps by going paperless or cutting down on travel by relying on video conferences instead of in-person meetings.
According to a recent survey, 67% of job seekers want to join an inclusive company. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just 17.9% of people with disabilities were employed in 2020. Compare that to 61.8% of people without disabilities and the need for more inclusive, accessible workplaces becomes clear. Luckily, technology offers better and more cost-effective accessibility solutions. Using these tools to support a more inclusive workforce is a great way to improve company culture.
Webinars, video conferences, training videos and other employment events and resources can exclude people who are Deaf or Blind. Adding captions is a solution that empowers job applicants and employees who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Similarly, audio descriptions accommodate employees and candidates who are Blind. Technologies like those offered by Verbit make it easier for businesses to offer these services.
Companies like The Motley Fool use Verbit’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) assisted tools to generate real-time captions efficiently. However, it’s best practice to support this technology by enlisting professional human transcribers like Verbit’s to check the ASR’s work to deliver more accurate captions. With this process, live webinars, meetings and events can include captions so that those who rely on them can always take part. Audio description, which offers in-depth descriptions of images so that those who are Blind have better access to information can also be instituted. These forms of advanced accessibility technology support efforts to improve corporate inclusivity, while opening the door to wider talent pools.
Poor communication is not only frustrating, but it leads to inefficient workflows and can be expensive. Communication barriers lead to an estimated loss of $37 billion internationally. A recent survey also found that 63% of employees considered leaving their jobs due to poor communication. 90% of employees say that communication is the key to a good work environment.
Tools like Slack allow employees to connect easily and in real-time. Blink is another application that offers quick internal communication among frontline professionals in healthcare, transit and construction. This technology takes a mobile-first approach to communication for individuals with jobs that keep them on the move and away from desks.
Implementing services that simplify communication in the workplace and offer more opportunities to receive instant answers to questions is a smart way to foster a healthy company culture.
Although corporate culture is ultimately about people, not technology, these resources create opportunities to build relationships, reduce stress and make employees feel valued. Verbit’s accessibility solutions help to support employees in the new world of greater remote work and global teams. Contact us to learn about our captioning, transcription and audio description and how they can help to enhance your meetings, events, videos and more to better fuel an effective corporate culture.
If your business is producing a podcast or planning to start one, you’re on the right track. According to recent projections, there will be more than 144 million podcast listeners in the US alone by 2025. Not only are more people listening to podcasts, but they are spending more time listening to them as well.
Promoting your business through podcasts is a great way to connect with your audience, but business leaders must also make note of how they’re reaching and including diverse audiences. The stakes are higher for brands to be aware of whether or not their content and media, including podcasts, are accessible. Offering accessibility solutions improves the reach of your podcast, while also helping you avoid sticky legal situations that are now popping up. Luckily, you can take a few simple steps to ensure you’re meeting current podcast best practices.
When creating your podcast, you might be focusing on generating ideas that will resonate with your audience, who to invite for interviews and other important matters. However, before your podcast goes live, you need to think about how people will access the content. Not everyone will be listening to each episode.
Individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing rely on captions and transcripts when tuning in to a podcast or watching a video. Other individuals interested in your topic may also prefer reading because their surroundings aren’t conducive to listening. For instance, they may be on a train and lack headphones or at home and don’t want to disturb other members of their households.
If reaching more people is not enough of an incentive to ensure accessibility, remember that laws require equitable access for people with disabilities.
Two major civil rights nonprofits, the National Association of the Deaf and Disability Rights Advocates, recently filed a lawsuit against some of the leading podcast platforms for failing to meet accessibility standards. Pandora, SiriusXM and Stitcher allegedly lacked proper audio transcription efforts related to their podcasts.
Representatives of the plaintiffs argue that failing to offer transcripts excludes those who are Deaf and hard of hearing from news, entertainment and educational programming in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA requires accessibility for people with disabilities in places of public accommodation. Lawsuits are increasingly demonstrating that this definition applies to virtual spaces, including websites.
Before tackling the issue of podcasts directly, you should first consider whether your overall website is accessible. Every private business with an online presence should review the accessibility of their site, which means looking at their font style and size, their colors and other issues that may create challenges for people with disabilities. Colors that prevent people with low vision or color blindness from navigating the website are one example of how your site could be inaccessible and put you at risk of liability.
Another critical consideration is whether people can use screen readers to access your content. Without such features, the site may exclude those who are Blind.
When it comes to B2B podcast best practices, remember that the public will expect sophisticated businesses to adhere to the law and invest in accessibility solutions. Naturally, transcripts are a critical accessibility tool for every podcast, large and small, but larger corporate producers are more likely to face scrutiny for their shortcomings. As the lawsuit against SiriusXM, Pandora and Stitcher points out, offering transcription services is reasonably straightforward in today’s market, especially with existing technology that can streamline the process.
Many producers also create videos to compliment their podcasts. Videos of those speaking help listeners feel more connected to the presenters. However, in these cases, you should consider captions one of the top podcast requirements. Captions will allow viewers who are Deaf or hard of hearing a chance to watch the program and understand the content. A professional captioning and transcription provider can help ensure accuracy and accessibility for all of your podcasts.
Clear audio recordings are a must-have for your podcast and readily achievable with the right equipment. Decent microphones, recording software and mixers are affordable tools that help businesses create professional sound quality. Taking the proper steps to level out audio can also ensure listeners have a good experience whenever they tune into your podcast.
However, you only control your end of the recording and content. Guests can add credibility and versatility to your content, but they’re also an unpredictable variable. When you interview guests or take calls from listeners, you may need to contend with inadequate audio quality, heavy accents or other challenges. You can minimize negative impacts by offering guests recording advice and a list of guidelines that they can follow if they call in from another location. For instance, you should remind guests to:
Still, spotty connections and equipment failures may lead to unexpected glitches.
When the sound quality is lacking, captions can offer clarity. Unfortunately, automated captioning or transcription services may struggle to produce accurate results, especially when the audio recording is less than perfect. Verbit solves this issue by using AI and professional transcribers. Incorporating technology and human professionals offers greater efficiency and high-quality, 99% accurate transcriptions and captions.
Verbit’s technology provides podcast producers the tools they need to improve accessibility and meet the strict legal requirements of the ADA and other laws. Contact us to begin making your podcasts more inclusive and reach greater audiences.
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 inclusion (DEI) are important for startups and how to successfully promote inclusive practices.
Noteworthy companies joining Verbit at the top of their categories include Zencity, which secured the leading spot in mid-size companies of 100-500 employees and Darrow, which secured the top rank for small companies of 50-100 employees.
With Verbit’s core mission centered on making the world – including classrooms, workplaces and online environments – more inclusive, it has made inclusive hiring practices one of its leading initiatives. Verbit employs 1,000 people globally, and women amount to 60% of Verbit’s workforce.
“All the recent research done on the subject of gender diversity shows that it significantly contributes to the business achievements of companies,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Co-Founder, Verbit. “It produces different and varied directions of thinking and action that lead to more effective solutions in a large proportion of cases.”
At Verbit, 44% of managerial positions are held by women and the percentage of women in technological positions is about a quarter of all employees.
“At a time of fierce competition for quality manpower, I believe more and more women should be promoted into the industry,” Livne said. “Women should be encouraged to learn technological professions from an early age. If we make the field accessible to them and remove psychological obstacles, we will have a strong and creative workforce, working hard to reach goals, curious and loyal. One that I am personally proud to work with.”
Additional noteworthy 2021 Women In Startups report findings include:
The report also explored that people and culture, business development and product development all impacted the investment and benefit of DEI in the startup industry.
“A start-up that is attentive to the contribution of an inclusive culture, will reflect the variety of its customers’ identities in its own workforce. This will bring added value to the company and its ability to attract a diverse client base and grow its business. Companies who have a diverse management team and understand the value of DEI, demonstrate better financial results, are able to add improvements and changes to their product offering, and are more effective at problem solving and critical thinking,” the report states.
The report noted key connections among pain points, challenges, goals and how DEI policies can be instituted to serve them. For example, more diverse recruiting efforts can be considered when a startup’s leaders find themselves experiencing high turnover or fast expansion.
Power in Diversity Israel is a joint venture consisting of 60+ Israeli VC firms and 170+ Israeli startups to promote greater inclusion and diversity in the Israeli tech industry. The full report can be read here.
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 accelerates Verbit’s penetration into the government arena. Verbit’s education customers will benefit from additional functionalities to democratize video accessibility at their institutions. With Automatic Sync Technologies, Verbit will further advance on its path toward promoting institution-wide inclusion by offering more efficient and effective transcription, captioning and audio description services.
“Together with Automatic Sync Technologies, Verbit can create greater impact by bringing its high-quality transcription to more students, professionals and consumers,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “I’m thrilled to have such a strongly recognized team and product join us on this journey.”
This acquisition will provide all universities and partners with a more comprehensive offering and full domain expertise. The two companies share the same vision of the education transcription market and the evolution from accessibility based on disability requirements to greater engagement and inclusivity for all students.
Kevin Erler, CEO, Automatic Sync Technologies furthered this sentiment by stating, “We are excited to join the Verbit family. Their vision for the present and future of video accessibility and the planned investment in us will empower us to bring the vision of why we started this company 18 years ago to life. Now we can invest more aggressively in our product and make our roadmap and vision into realities.”
Verbit also acquired VITAC, a specialist in real-time captioning and transcription, in May. Verbit will continue to accelerate its expansion with more strategic acquisitions, where it can identify companies that will allow Verbit to invest more in specific industries.
With Automatic Sync Technologies and VITAC within the Verbit domain, unmatched value will be provided to all customers, including a complete suite of content accessibility solutions, supreme accuracy that meets ADA guidelines, fast transcription, robust integrations with LMS and video hosting platforms and dedicated customer support.
Automatic Sync Technologies has been providing closed captioning services for over 17 years, producing more than 5 million caption files for over 5,000 customers. In 2003, AST was awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the United States Department of Education, providing the company’s initial funding. Founders Kevin Erler, Ph.D. and Brent Robertson then worked in collaboration with a team of expert advisors to develop the most cost-efficient, high quality, closed captioning service available today.
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 his greatest work revolves around efforts to promote a proactive stance to accessibility measures, encouraging universities to craft plans to provide accessibility measures, such as captioning, to students and audiences from the get-go, rather than responding reactively to one-off requests for access.
Ready was interviewed by John M. Griffin, Publisher, Accessibility.com, a site which focuses on providing education and resources on digital accessibility, physical accessibility, disabilities, relevant laws and more. The site’s mission to create objective and trustworthy information and resources to become a catalyst for equal access to the physical and digital worlds.
“A friend of mine used to say, ‘What cranks your tractor? What gets you up in the morning?’ What really motivates you in doing what you do on a day-to-day basis. I would have to say in my field, it is really enabling education to be experienced by all with as low of a barrier as possible,” Ready said. “I can’t say that we remove all barriers because there are so many barriers that are out there. If I feel like we can eliminate some of the barriers, then I feel like it’s been a win.”
The video interview can be watched in full here:
Ready spoke about the power of captioning and transcription and ways that all students, regardless of disabilities, can benefit from access to technologies that offer these additional consumption formats to them. He went on students utilizing transcription tools can avoid having to take copious notes and instead focus on the lecture at hand to better digest course information and rest assured that a word-for-word transcript will be provided to them after class to reference and study from more effectively.
Find out more and watch additional episodes featuring the likes of Jim McCann, Founder, 1-800-Flowers.com and Alycia Anderson, Founder, Alycia Anderson Company here on Accessibility.com.
From hiring to employee engagement to hearings related to workplace grievances, HR professionals carry out diverse tasks. Staying organized and keeping records of meetings and conversations is often essential for HR. When legal matters arise, including accusations of sexual harrassment, racism or discrimination, recordings and transcripts become a form of protection for the company and its employees.
However, transcripts are also used by HR for simple convenience and efficiency as materials to easily reference, as well as to meet employees’ accessibility needs for events and meetings. The use cases go on and on, but at the end of the day, HR is capturing and responsible for a great deal of sensitive data that it must protect.
From marketing efforts to employee accessibility, businesses and their HR teams are using transcripts in a variety of ways:
Recording and transcribing interviews is helpful for HR team members who may want to look over the transcripts when making critical personnel decisions. Especially in cases where teams are conducting multiple interviews, having a record of candidates’ answers is an excellent way to compare and contrast potential new hires to select the best person for the role. With an accurate transcript, professionals minimize any risk of forgetting how a person responded to a specific query. Interview transcripts can also allow people who were not present the chance to weigh in on a person’s credentials and responses.
Employees’ experiences during training and onboarding can significantly impact their performance in their new role and the business’s employee retention rate. Often when a new hire faces so much information all at once, they may feel overwhelmed and forget some of what they learned. Offering a transcript that they can search and use to refresh their memory presents them with a lifeline that saves them from needing to reask questions.
Keeping notes in a meeting can feel hectic. If a notetaker becomes distracted for even a moment, they can miss something important. By transcribing meetings, teams can avoid taking notes and instead maintain a complete record of everything they covered.
The transcript can also allow people who were not present at the meeting an opportunity to review everything the team discussed. This process ultimately saves time by minimizing the need to repeat topics.
When HR professionals conduct disciplinary hearings, the need for accurate, secure transcripts is vital. The record of these proceedings is a way to mitigate the company’s risk of legal liability. If there is a complete record, a disgruntled employee cannot make false or misleading claims about what happened at a hearing or meeting.
The record can also prove that the company addressed grievances if the circumstances warrant a complaint and response. Ensuring that there is an accurate record can help deescalate the situation by documenting everything that occurred to avoid the misconstruing of anyone’s words after the fact.
With access to a great deal of the company’s communications and records, HR professionals must ensure they’re keeping all information secure.
When employees join a company, they often share identifying, banking and other personal information with HR professionals. The HR team is responsible for handling this sensitive information, as well as documents and transcripts of internal meetings, employee town halls where the company’s financial health or client information is shared and records of when employees face disciplinary actions. Failing to keep those records private can expose the business to liability on multiple levels.
Therefore, it’s critical to consider how the company or its vendor generates and keeps records and transcripts. If employing a transcription service, it’s necessary to investigate that vendor’s security practices and standards. In today’s world, companies store much of their information in the cloud. A data breach can cost companies millions of dollars, expose them to lawsuits and cause damage to their brand that may linger for years.
It’s a good idea to check for SOC 2 compliance. SOC 2 is a security standard for software as a service (SAAS) providers. Businesses that take these measures seriously understand the vital need to protect user data. Transcription providers must ensure adequate security, whether the transcript is from an interview, disciplinary hearing, training session or a standard meeting where confidential intel is shared. Verbit is a transcription partner that meets SOC 2 compliance.
Security challenges shouldn’t sway you from enlisting a transcription provider to make your process and workload more efficient.
Providers like Verbit use tools, including automatic speech recognition (ASR), to streamline the process. This method saves time and resources compared to manually transcribing notes and calls. Verbit’s sophisticated AI provides automatic live transcription for immediate needs and accessibility. The final, accurate, word-for-word transcripts can serve as legal backing for HR professionals and their businesses.
While some automatic, free transcription tools exist, few offer the accuracy and security that Verbit can provide. Verbit also learns each business so that with more use, it quickly picks up on various accents, dialects and terms a company uses. As a result, Verbit offers improved automated transcription results but then takes it a step further by enlisting professional human transcribers for fact-checking.
In the end, Verbit offers HR professionals unlimited bandwidth to cover all company needs for transcription, 99%+ accuracy that meets the high standards required for legal matters and full security for peace of mind.
Contact us to learn more about how Verbit offers HR teams fast and secure transcription services that support business needs.
Last year, companies shifted to virtual events out of necessity and under extreme circumstances. As the world emerges from the restrictive environment that the pandemic created, savvy business leaders are using what they learned to build hybrid events to fuel networking opportunities and meet their KPIs. Research states that 96% of marketers see hybrid events as the future.
Verbit gathered Chad Blaise, VP of Growth at Bizzabo, and Charlotte Copeman, Director of Technology at Kaltura, to share how business leaders can maximize new event experiences. Wondering what a hybrid event entails and the value-add of including live and virtual audiences? Watch the video where they explore more on these factors:
The overwhelming consensus that hybrid events will grow in popularity is partly related to the public’s increased familiarity with virtual communications. However, the real reason these events are so popular is that they work. 86% of B2B organizations reported that hybrid events led to a positive ROI.
Most people agree that live events are best for engaging an audience, connecting with others and building meaningful business relationships. However, not everyone is ready to commit to attending live events again, whether it stems from uneasiness due to COVID-19, the topic’s relevance or the forum’s location. Hybrid events, therefore, attract both in-person participants who are able but offer a virtual alternative to attract people who wouldn’t have attended otherwise. With so much involved in producing an event, reaching the largest target audience possible delivers the highest payoff for increased brand awareness, connections and potential prospects down the line.
The best hybrid events cater to all attendees, but many business leaders producing events do not understand how to do so effectively. One study found that 71% of event planners report that engaging live and virtual audiences at the same time is the greatest challenge of hybrid formats. The same survey found that 39% of virtual attendees at hybrid events felt excluded.
It is not enough to simply stream live speakers to virtual audiences. Simultaneously engaging online and in-person participants requires specialized tools, efforts and strategies. However, it also presents an opportunity to test out new engagement techniques to see what is possible and what resonates best. There’s nothing like an A/B test to plan for the future.
Hybrid events are new, but Blaise and Copeman are experts in the events game. They understand how to power and execute successful virtual and hybrid events. They also have tips on using video effectively and engaging audiences to create fun and inclusive experiences for them.
Verbit’s team also supports corporations with their in-person and live-streamed events happening on platforms like Zoom to ensure they’re engaging and accessible. Watch as these corporate technology thought leaders share how to inform your business’ event and engagement strategies going forward.
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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 team of transcribers to ensure all environments are inclusive.
“This funding round is a vote of confidence in our ability to solidify our position as the market leader within the transcription space,” said Tom Livne, CEO and Founder of Verbit. “We built a powerful technological platform to modernize this industry and our strategy to build vertically integrated, voice AI solutions has brought tremendous value to our customers and enabled their businesses to become more accessible.”
This fundraise was led by Third Point Ventures, with key participation from existing investors Sapphire Ventures, More Capital, Disruptive AI, Vertex Growth, 40North, Samsung Next and TCP. It comes after securing a $150 million primary investment and $100 million in secondary transactions.
“Verbit’s exceptionally talented team has achieved scale and leadership in an incredibly short time. We are excited to significantly increase our investment in Verbit and look forward to continuing to contribute to the company’s evolution and growth trajectory,” said Robert Schwartz, Managing Partner at Third Point Ventures, who will join Verbit’s board of directors.
Verbit’s total funding now exceeds $550 million (including secondary transactions). Since Verbit raised its Series D funding of $157 million last May, the company’s valuation has doubled. This robust new round demonstrates investor confidence in Verbit’s promise to revolutionize the $30 billion transcription market.
Verbit’s employee headcount has grown to 450, along with 35,000 freelancer transcribers and 600 professional captioners globally. Verbit now serves as the trusted captioning and transcription partner for over 1,600 customers across the media, education, corporate, legal and government sectors.
Verbit’s team has been constantly improving its AI platform to offer greater opportunities for the company to deepen its commitment to accessibility needs. With advanced technologies and full integrations into video-focused platforms, Verbit’s customers will be able to embrace digital transformation and operate more efficiently with customized workflows that meet their unique transcription and captioning needs.
With this financing, Verbit will increase investment in product development and continue the company’s vertical and geographical expansion. Verbit also plans to pursue further M&A opportunities to add scale and new capabilities to enhance its value to media, education, corporate, legal and government clients.
“Verbit is a special company combining exceptional technology-driven organic and inorganic growth in the transcription marketplace,” said Schwartz.
Verbit will only continue to deliver greater value and customization to customers and individuals who utilize the secure platform for all of their captioning, transcription and additionally accessibility needs. This milestone marks a greater stride forward in Verbit’s leading mission: to make all content and environments more inclusive to everyone.
For more information on this news, please feel free to contact Alison Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global voice technology is on the rise and is expected to grow to 27.16 billion by 2026. From Zoom training sessions to legal depositions, there simply isn’t enough time for professionals to keep track of everything, and many are making use of speech to text technologies to simplify their efforts.
In the speech to text software industry, the main solutions being used to track and report video and audio content are digital dictation and transcription. While they might seem similar, professionals should be aware of the key differences between them to ensure that they’re using a solution that best fits their business model and individual needs.
Both digital dictation and transcription allow for detailed note-keeping and information tracking, but are different depending on the situation. Here are some of the key differences:
Digital dictation software often involves using a special device called a dictaphone, which is used for recording audio like lectures or notes. Similar to a voice recorder, digital dictation systems are handheld microphone devices that are ideal for recording short snippets of information. Once the voice note is recorded, users can play back their recordings, organize them and review the audio that the software captured.
Transcription solutions like those developed by Verbit use a combination of automatic transcription and human editing to provide detailed transcripts from recorded video or audio files. Recordings can be processed through an AI system which then automatically generates a transcript of what’s being said in a video. Next, a professional transcriber accesses the file and listens to the audio, making grammar, spelling and punctuation corrections to the transcript for better accuracy levels.
When deciding on what system to use, it’s helpful to take a closer look at the facts to identify differences between them. Doing so will help determine which use case is most appropriate for a specific business, its departments and employees. There are even some situations where dictation and transcription can be used at the same time.
Here are some helpful factors to consider with dictation-transcription solutions:
Some businesses need quick turnaround times when it comes to organizing their information. For example, an attorney might need to take down an important note related to their conversation with a client. In this case, a digital dictation software would be beneficial as it would allow them to quickly make a recording of their client’s feedback or notes. In comparison, transcription requires extra time because it involves creating the recording first before sending it to a vendor to transcribe.
When it comes to flexibility, transcription offers more customization. For example, tools like Verbit’s allow users to obtain transcripts in different formats like word documents or PDFs. It also offers the options to add speaker identifiers to the text, and is useful for information that’s being shared with individuals who may or may not be familiar with the topic or speaker of the video.
Some digital dictation systems are designed to work with speech recognition software. For example, certain dictaphones can be programmed to send copies of recordings to an AI system that develops a transcript automatically. In other situations, the dictaphone can also be connected to an auto-transcription software that’s installed on a computer.
While auto-transcription can be effective for time-sensitive requests, AI alone isn’t always reliable. To make sure transcripts are fully accurate, it’s best practice to use a professional provider like Verbit for transcription needs. Human editing ensures that any mistakes accidentally made by the speech recognition software are fixed before being sent back, saving valuable time that would otherwise have been spent by having to edit the transcript for errors manually.
For businesses and legal institutions providing services to the public, providing effective communication is crucial to meet ADA guidelines. 37.5 million adults report trouble with hearing, meaning that an accommodation need is likely to arise during the course of business.
When it comes to accessibility, transcript solutions like Verbit’s are one of the most effective tools for ensuring effective communication for video and audio. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals need transcripts to be able to understand video and audio content, including those that are recorded when using digital dictation systems.
Professionals who want to save time on data tracking can benefit from these technologies to drive outcomes in the workplace. Using one system is sometimes enough, but it’s clear that combining dictation and transcription is most beneficial, especially when incorporating an effective transcription solution like Verbit’s.
Verbit provides transcription and editing solutions that offer accurate results for businesses and legal organizations. Reach out to us to learn more about the useful transcription, captioning and audio description solutions being used by organizations like Rose Li & Associates, Storycloud and Skillshare.
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 tools that make it possible and the teachers that captured their students’ attention from miles away helped to highlight the benefits of flexible instruction. Verbit is celebrating National Distance Learning Week by recognizing the wealth of potential this format offers and honoring the educators whose creative strategies for supporting their students influence the future of education.
One of the key benefits of distance learning is that it allows students to pursue education when they can’t attend classes in person because they live too far from campus or have irregular work schedules. Individuals juggling careers and families can leverage the flexibility that distance learning offers to complete an advanced degree, often at their own pace.
Here are a few statistics that highlight the diversity of online learners:
-About half of online learners are married with children under 18
-40% of online undergraduate students have full-time jobs
-Online colleges enroll more African Americans and low-income students than do in-person programs
-Distance learners are older than traditional students
-17% of distance learners are in the military, spouses or children of a member of the military, or veterans
Distance learning also removes barriers and can make it easier for students to participate from different places around the world. This means that virtual classes can include perspectives from diverse voices and connect people who would not have otherwise crossed paths. Educators can reach even wider audiences by adding translation services to their content. Tools like Verbit’s automatic translation are just one example of technology that can make distance learning more inclusive and accessible.
Distance learning opportunities should never exclude students with disabilities. Fortunately, technology offers innovative accessibility solutions. Verbit’s live captioning services work in real-time so that students who are Deaf or hard of hearing can participate in their remote courses. Audio description technology also ensures that video content never excludes blind learners. Not only are these features beneficial to learners with disabilities, but research also shows that tools like real-time captions are a valuable resource for engaging all students.
Educators have some strategies that help their students keep focused while learning online. Here are a few tips to ensure students get the most out of their distance learning experience.
Distance learning can make students feel less connected to their instructors and fellow students. Teachers can combat this disconnectedness by encouraging interactive tasks and setting up video calls to meet face-to-face, albeit virtually. Letting students know that they aren’t alone on their learning journey will improve their experience.
Gamified learning improves engagement – whether the student is in grammar school, university or a professional. One survey showed that 80% of higher education students would be more productive if their instructor made lessons like games. Interactive quizzes and surveys that ask students’ opinions foster participation and help students take an active role in their learning.
Transcriptions of lectures and meetings serve as a helpful resource when students review information. By transcribing course content, educators avoid making learners feel the need to keep constant notes. This approach allows students to participate in the moment rather than struggling to jot down what they are hearing.
Distance learning works well for some students and is a challenge for others. Some learners will struggle to stay engaged, and the instructor needs to identify those individuals to offer them additional support.
Instructors set the tone for online learning. If the teacher wants students to use their cameras, they should inform them of the expectation from the start. However, some students may feel uncomfortable with their camera on all the time and may not want their classmates and teachers to see their homes. Features like Zoom’s blur capabilities may help in these situations, and instructors may wish to tell classes about those options to avoid causing anxiety.
Implementing strategies that help students get the most out of distance learning will give them the necessary skills for future careers.
For many educators and students, distance learning may still feel new and unfamiliar. However, it’s important to remember that connecting online and using technology to collaborate with others is essential in today’s workforce. Students who use distance learning as a part of their educational journey can promote their experiences when looking for job opportunities. Predictions indicate that the post-Covid workforce will have 4x as many work-from-home days as before the pandemic. Distance learning can train students on how to communicate and collaborate in this workplace environment.
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