Academic transcription has become a cornerstone of modern academia, empowering everyone from students, teachers and academic researchers to those with hearing impairments who depend on accurate transcripts to learn. With high-quality academic transcription services, everyone in the education sector benefits.
Today, with advanced technology and a high standard of excellence amongst academic transcription companies, schools and universities – from public education institutions to Ivy League members – are able to receive more effective and faster service at scale. Verbit offers the next evolution in academic transcription solutions, setting the education sector up to thrive now and in the future, as learning mediums and expectations continue to evolve.
When academic transcription companies live up to the unique demands of the modern learning environment, it’s possible to facilitate a better educational experience across the board. Academic transcriptions are traditionally used to support student learning by providing a transcribed version of lectures, interviews, Q&A sessions, digital seminars, and other learning events.
Access to a readable version of the content makes it easier for students to take notes, study for exams, review key points, and delve deeper into a topic. Without accurate transcriptions, students are left to rely on their own lecture notes and memories.
However, it’s not only the traditional student who gains from having academic transcriptions:
Online learning: Today, more schools and universities are offering online learning opportunities, whether they provide full academic programs, partial courses, or publish transcripts from lectures for the general public to take advantage of. Academic transcription companies produce accurate transcripts for educational institutions to publish online.
ESL Students: For students whose first language isn’t English, being able to read over a text copy of a lecture or seminar is essential. Transcriptions offer English as a second language students the opportunity to spend more time on a topic or specific lecture to make sure they fully understand the material.
Students with Disabilities: Academic transcription services makes learning without restrictions possible for students who have a hearing impairment, or for any other reason cannot digest course material when it’s presented in an audio format. Verbit’s 99%+ accuracy rate combined with a remarkably fast turnaround speed also makes it easy for schools offering online course content to remain compliant with the 2010 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design, which requires all online course material to be accessible to the hearing impaired and other individuals with a disability.
Academic research is one of the most important applications of transcription services. For PhD students writing their dissertation, professors, professionals, and others who engage in academic research, the sheer volume of information and resources to sift through can be daunting. One of the keys to successful research is being able to organize, manage, and access a variety of materials in order to get to the core of a topic and answer research questions with the necessary amount of depth and insight.
A professional research transcription service makes this possible. Researchers can transform files in any digital audio format into accurate transcriptions, which is easier to work with to get the information they need. It’s not possible to highlight key quotes from an interview or physically organize specific data from a study presented in lecture form. With transcripts, academic researchers can easily manage all their materials. This results in less work for researchers, a faster process, and the ability to focus on researching and writing instead of trying to gather the right information from audio and video materials.
Research transcription services can be used for:
Verbit’s solution uses sophisticated algorithms to transcribe audio files, so that even difficult-to-understand audio, complex subjects, and issues like heavy speaker accents are not a problem. Leveraging the power of trained artificial intelligence, researchers can count on accurate transcriptions, saving valuable time and energy in the research process.
With accurate academic transcription services, schools and universities also gain access to closed captioning services for video content. Closed captioning offers a written version of content which is essential for students with certain disabilities such as a hearing impairment. It is also critical in videos where the speaker may be difficult to understand or is speaking in a different language.
Even small errors in closed captioning can ruin the video learning experience for students. With Verbit’s 99%+ accuracy rate, there’s no worry about mistaken meanings, missing words, or other issues that can arise with unreliable services. For an even greater level of assurance, along with unparalleled speed, Verbit combines the accuracy of artificial intelligence with human editors and reviewers. This three-level approach ensures flawless transcriptions in a short amount of time, giving professors, administrators, students, and anyone else in academia access to high-quality video material with accurate closed captioning.
It’s not only those who are learning and researching who benefit from accurate transcriptions in the education sector. Professors and teachers can benefit as well. Course material usually involves lectures, video, and other audio material. With transcription services, it’s possible to record classes, discussions, and lectures, as well as the audio from video content, and then have it professionally converted to text for students.
This is a huge advantage for a number of reasons:
Once professors create a transcript, it can be archived for future use. This isn’t just a practical tool for creating a better educational experience, it also allows teachers to preserve key educational events, such as important interviews, fruitful class discussions, speeches made by leaders in the field, and other knowledge gems.
Today’s fast-paced academic environment demands extremely accurate, professional, and speedy transcripts. This poses a challenge for schools and universities across the country who require a variety of transcripts but don’t have the time or resources to devote to an academic transcription service that can’t deliver the highest accuracy and quickest turnaround times.
A few incorrect words in video with closed captioning, a transcribed Q&A session that wasn’t able to differentiate a speaker with a heavy accent, errors in a lecture transcription that hearing-impaired students depend upon in order to learn course material – in academia, anything less than flawless is unacceptable.
That’s why many educational institutions are turning to a more advanced and reliable level of service. Verbit is differentiates itself from other academic transcription companies because it combines artificial and human intelligence. It includes adaptive Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) technology, a type of speech recognition technology that has been developing for decades. Today, ASR is incredibly sophisticated. It can recognize speech patterns, slang, and other vocal nuances, making it possible to deliver an unprecedented level of accuracy. It also has the capability to differentiate between speakers and reduce background noise, both of which increase transcription quality. Verbit proprietary ASR is specifically trained for the higher education domain using self-learning algorithms, which is able to deliver the first automatically produced transcript at a high level of accuracy in a matter of minutes.
ASR is combined with an advanced AI-algorithm, which processes the information and is able to continually ‘learn’ and improve, leading to even higher levels of accuracy even with complex subjects and poor quality audio files. The revolutionary benefit of Verbit’s transcription services for the academic sector isn’t just the accuracy – it’s also the speed. Using AI, the Verbit speech-to-text engine can process files in a matter of moments.
Then, after the AI layer, Verbit uses a two-step human process to edit and review the transcriptions, ensuring there are no errors and bringing the accuracy level up to above 99%. Any corrections or enhancements that are made by the professional transcribers are then fed back to the ASR engine, to enable continuous improvement. If the transcripts are used for captioning, the technology does the work, ensuring the words and audio are perfectly aligned.
Another advantage of Verbit is the platform itself. Students, professors, academic researchers and other users can easily upload audio files to the platform and then manage them every step of the way. From the platform, users can see where a file is within the transcription process and when it will be finished. It’s also possible to access the files if necessary for editing or updates.
This provides the level of transparency and flexibility that academia requires. Fast, accurate, and convenient, Verbit has raised the bar for academic transcription services, helping today’s schools and universities offer a better experience, and empowering students and researchers to do more with their education.
Contact a Verbit transcription specialist today to learn more.