[Athen] Questions regarding post-secondary institution captioning programs

Ron Stewart ron.stewart at dolphinusa.com
Thu Oct 18 07:24:52 PDT 2007


I had a very extensive captioning program in operation when I was at OSU,
and I am more than happy to share the comprehensive operational
documentation if anyone likes. I cannot speak to how it operates now
since OSU in its infinite wisdom destroyed the program shortly after I left.
I have also answered your questions belewo

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Christopher Kinney
Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2007 10:09 AM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: [Athen] Questions regarding post-secondary institution captioning

I'm been charged to investigate the feasibility of setting up captioning
services at Georgia Perimeter College. To be honest I'm not having much
luck. I have contacted a number of schools and other sources and have
received no answers as to how other schools are doing this. Basically the
responses I have heard is that there is technology out there to caption
materials. That's great, there are also components that I can use to build a
rocket. However if you put all of those components in front of me, I
wouldn't know what to do with them. So my questions are to anyone who works
at a post-secondary institution that runs a media caption program for

My questions regarding setting up a captioning program are:

. Who is the entity that produces the captioning?

Media Services a component of campus IT

. Organizationally under which university/college department's) is the
entity located, funded, and managed?

Campus IT, funded using earmarked funds and student technology fees

. What are the most cost-effective hardware/software used? How much
resources are needed and what are the operational costs?

It depends on what you want to produce, we ended up subtitling almost
everything and uses a variety of software and hardware in the process. The
actual subtitling was done with Subtitle Workshop be we were also exploring
Lemony when I left.

. How much staff is employed?

1 Full Time program coordinator, 2.5 FTE student workers, Transcribers as
temp labor which were cost shared with the campus Typewell program

. What are the pre-requisite skill sets, and qualifications that are needed?

The transcripts were created by the Typewell trained RTT. Most labor was
student labor that was trained in house.

. What are the policies and procedures that start from the request for
captioned material, to production, to delivery of the final product?

Those are outlined in the documentation.

My last question. Does anyone have any information on other post-secondary
institutions that have an in-house program? Any information would be greatly


Christopher Kinney
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Center for Disability Services
Georgia Perimeter College
555 N. Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston GA 30021

TEL: 678-891-3385
FAX: 404-298-3830

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