How to Use Transcription Services to Help Professors Teach and Students Learn

Transcription services for professors and students

When teaching a room full of students, it’s important to keep them engaged and interested, but how can you do that when they’re worried about jotting down everything you’re saying?

If students are hurriedly taking down notes without fully engaging with the material they’re listening to, they aren’t processing the information they are given. 

As a teacher, you can make the learning process even simpler for students with a transcription, especially during lectures. A transcript can ensure that the students have all the content you wanted to give them, while still ensuring they are engaged with what you’re teaching. 

This article will take you through the ways you can be using transcription services to help your students learn more effectively.

Eliminate the need for students to take notes

Taking notes throughout a lecture isn’t the most engaging way to learn, and it can quickly make students switch off. Using a transcription service means that students don’t have to be constantly taking notes anymore — they can just listen which will make them a lot more likely to actively engage with the lecturer.

The transcription will also be available after the lecture, so students can go back to it to review any points that perhaps weren’t initially clear to them. It can also be shared paperlessly too — simply scan it and then upload it to a virtual learning environment that students have access to. This is also good news for students who miss a lecture. They won’t need to borrow a friend’s notes anymore, as they can simply go online and access the transcript.

Using a transcription service also means that the teacher or lecturer may prefer not to stand at the front of the class and simply talk to students. Instead, they can be more active in their teaching and ensure that all of their pupils are actively engaging with them. 

The lecturer won’t be so inclined to use a visual aid like a presentation that simply gets ignored by the students. Using transcripts can ensure that their students are learning more actively from any other materials that are put in front of them.

Students will also be able to easily return to the transcription during exam periods. They can easily access the materials, making their revision a lot easier. There’ll no longer be any worry about any notes going missing!

A different teaching style

We all know that every student learns slightly differently. Some might have no problem when it comes to listening in a lecture and taking notes. However, this won’t be the same for everybody and there will no doubt be a number of students in each class that struggle to simply listen and write down notes for an hour or so. 

If you use a transcription service that converts audio files to text, then those students who prefer to simply read will have a great resource available to them. After the lecture, they can find the transcription and read it at their own leisure.

Having this transcript available also means that lectures will be a lot more accessible. For instance, any deaf or hard of hearing students might struggle in a lecture. This won’t be the case anymore once you start using an MP3 to text service, as they can easily read the final transcription and won’t miss out on any important information.

Review your own teaching performance

Transcription services aren’t only beneficial to students. Teachers will also find them advantageous as well. That’s because it gives them the chance to review their lessons and teaching style. 

At the end of the lecture, teachers can take a look at the transcription themselves to see what went well in the lesson, and what maybe didn’t really work quite as well as expected. Were all of the relevant materials covered in the lesson? Did they perhaps repeat a single point one too many times?

By continually reviewing the transcripts after each lesson, it should become clearer as to how teachers are able to improve their lessons. This is also the case if you see what your students are asking in each lesson. If the same kinds of questions are repeatedly coming up then it could be a sign that something isn’t being explained so clearly.

The types of transcripts available

Teachers who are reading this might now be asking themselves how they are meant to create a transcript while teaching a lesson. Well, the good news is that you won’t have to create one yourself. There are now lots of transcription services that will be able to do this for you.

There are a few different transcription services, but you can use ASR (automated speech recognition) software during a lesson or lecture. This is also one of the cheapest services available, so it’s great if you are on a budget. 

However, the main downside to this software is the lack of accuracy. Although it will record everything that you and your students say, you will need to go through and edit it all at the end yourself as software and services that use ASR have accuracy rates of around 80%.

If you don’t have time to do all the editing or want to use a more reliable service, then it’s always best to go for a human transcription service. Human transcribers are a lot more flexible and accurate when they do their work.

Another upside to using a human-based transcription service is that there are different kinds of transcripts available to you. So, before you use a human transcription service, make sure that you are aware of what’s available to you. There are three main ones to choose from:

  • Full-verbatim — This kind of transcription will capture everything that is spoken during the lesson. Yes, even all of the “uhms” and “ahs”. That might make it slightly difficult for your students to read. 
  • Verbatim — A verbatim transcription (often called intelligent verbatim or clean verbatim) is edited down so that the overall readability is improved. This is a great option if you want word-for-word detail but don’t need all of the false starts and umming and ah-ing written down! This is most likely the best option for transcribing lessons and lectures to ensure your students get the most out of it.
  • Detailed notes — These are edited a lot more than a verbatim transcription. They are very to the point and all of the fluff is edited out. For instance, the transcriber wouldn’t include any chat between you and your students that is completely off topic.
    There is certainly a lot to think about if you are considering using transcriptions in your lessons and lectures. Once you do start to use these kinds of services, though, you will find that you and your students are able to benefit from it in a variety of ways. 

You’ve been reading about how transcription services can benefit teachers and help them teach. If you have more questions about how transcription services can make your professional or academic work more efficient, our Ultimate Guide to Transcription Services can help!

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