Instructure Partners with Speechmatics for Video Captioning

Instructure has partnered with Speechmatics to add captions to video content created with its Arc video platform.

"Arc is designed to empower teachers and students to interact with each other through video, and the addition of automatic captioning enables us to expand this collaborative learning experience," Mitch Benson, senior vice president of product at Instructure, said in a statement "Speechmatics' speech-to-text transcription is one of the best in the industry, providing incredibly high levels of accuracy."

Not only does automatic captioning enable accessible content, it also supports captions for video content to ensure users can still learn and view the videos without sound on any device. When a user is not familiar with an accent or dialect used in the video content, the technology encourages self-learning by enabling users to read and listen at the same time.

Instructure also launched Accessibility Checker for Canvas, allowing lets anyone creating content in Canvas, Instructure's learning management system (LMS), to identify and correct some of the most common accessibility issues.

"Our enhancements to Canvas demonstrate our commitment to accessibility in education and support our goal of making teaching and learning easier for everyone, including those with disabilities," Benson said. "The Canvas Accessibility Checker is a huge help in both identifying and correcting the most common accessibility issues to ensure an enriching learning experience for every student."

When working in the Rich Content Editor within Canvas, any user can activate the Accessibility Checker from the toolbar. This performs an accessibility check on the current content, reports problem areas or concerns, and makes it easy to correct accessibility issues.

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