captioning (RTC) uses technology to translate the verbal presentation of
lessons and classroom discussion into text and display it on an electronic
device within seven seconds, providing students with an immediate translation
of speech into written text.
RTC was trialled by VDEI in three pilot programs April 2011-December 2014. The
second and third pilot programs were funded by the More Support for Students
with a Disabilities National Partnership initiative. All pilot programs utilised voice-to-text
technology. RTC was provided as an additional support for senior secondary
students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), to ensure full access to
curriculum information and class discussions.
fifty secondary school students who are D/HH, from across Victoria, participated
in the RTC pilot programs. The students accessing the program attended
specialist schools, specialist deaf facilities within a mainstream school, and
a mainstream school. The pilot programs provided captioning for each student in
two subjects for periods from six months to two years six months.
contracted the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at The University
of Melbourne to evaluate the effects of providing RTC for students who are
D/HH. This study provides a foundation on which to base further research into
the use of RTC in schools.
The evaluation methodology was developed in
collaboration with sector stakeholders in 2011. The evaluation focused on
outcomes relating to: access to curriculum materials, inclusion in the learning
process through enhanced access to communication, and home-based learning and
The major finding from the Evaluation of the Victorian Deaf Education Institute
Real-Time Captioning Pilot Program 2013 completed by MGSE was that RTC
facilitates access to instruction and classroom discourse; which may increase
student motivation, facilitate interactions with hearing peers, and support
participation in classroom discussion.
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