California Community College DECT Grant Program
The DECT Grant Program
Verbit (formerly AST) has worked closely with the California Community College (CCC) system for several years as part of its commitment to serving students with disabilities. The world’s largest college system supports over 50,000 students with disabilities. Verbit provides them with captions and transcripts for educational and informational podcasts, various forms of video for distance learning, supplemental class materials, recorded events and faculty training. Captioning widens the audience for these materials and aligns to accessibility regulations. Adding captions also allows content to be word-searchable and more easily indexed and cataloged.
Verbit was selected as one of the pre-approved vendors for post-production transcription and captioning services for California Community Colleges for the Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant program (DECT). Under this grant program, member colleges can use Verbit’s captioning and transcription services for eligible distance learning materials and have the services paid for directly out of the grant funding. The grant application and agreement form can be found on the DECT grant program administrators’ site.
To Get Started
Depending on whether you are participating in the DECT grant program or if you wish to take advantage of our regular educational pricing program, there are a number of possible paths to follow. Choose from the following options to get started on setting up your Verbit account:
Verbit’s automated service enables you to submit your media through a web-based interface and receive caption files very quickly — within minutes if you are able to provide a transcript file, or within three business days if you need us to generate the transcript. We offer over 100 output formats that support most broadcast and web media formats, including popular types like Flash, YouTube, iTunes, and others. Verbit can be used to generate a transcript of your media, or it can generate fully synchronized caption files for you. In addition, Verbit offers a number of captioning-related supplementary services:
- Video Encoding: when you need to encode captions in the subtitle track of MP4 video files for use on mobile devices and tablets.
- Translation: when you need to translate English to Spanish or Spanish to English.
- Tools such as our Smart Player, which leverages Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to make video content more engaging and interactive.
If you are captioning content hosted on lecture capture or online video platform such as Kaltura, Tegrity, Ensemble Video, Desire2Learn Capture, Brightcove, Echo360, Mediasite, Panopto, Sharestream, NCast, 3C Media Solutions, or YouTube, you can take advantage of the Verbit integration that these systems offer to fully automate the captioning workflow.
Our automated captioning service is very cost-effective, as is our educational pricing. For eligible distance education material, CCC users can apply to the DECT grant program and have your project invoiced directly to the grant. Or you can purchase through our volume purchase program outside of the CollegeBuys program. Verbit offers bulk purchasing discounts for purchases in excess of 50 hours. If you have questions about CollegeBuys or the DECT grant, please contact us.
Submit your audio or video recordings and Verbit will produce accurate closed captions with precise time codes that are ready to use on any video platform. Choose from as many formats as you need at no extra charge, and receive your caption files within minutes. You can download them, have them emailed, or delivered directly to your video platform. We can also translate these files to produce subtitles for you in other languages.
From live captioning to CART services, Verbit delivers the same quality and support that have made us the industry leader for post-production closed captioning for educators, government agencies and cultural institutions.
Audio description provides a way for individuals who are blind or have low vision to experience visual information through narrated descriptions. Verbit works with experienced professionals to deliver studio-quality descriptive audio that is clear and inclusive.
Verbit uses professional transcribers to ensure the highest level of video and audio transcription accuracy. We can deliver accurate transcripts featuring niche topics and terms seamlessly. You can even receive your audio or video transcription files on the same day if needed. Transcription is currently available for English, Spanish, and French content.
We refer to integrations between Verbit and your video platform as “workflow integrations” because they vastly simplify the workflow of adding closed captions to online videos. Rather than uploading video files to Verbit, downloading the caption files that we generate, and then uploading those caption files to your video platform (“the manual method”), our integrations automate this entire process.
Verbit is trusted by educational, government and cultural institutions for its leading closed captioning and accessibility services. Contact us for more information about how Verbit’s cost-efficient, high-quality captioning service can help you support today’s accessibility requirements.