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Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Nine: Turning on Captioning When Watching Videos

Posted November 21, 2021

When you are watching a movie with a group, captions are a great way to ensure everyone can access the film. Many DVDs and video streaming services offer captioning.  For DVDs  In the main menu, search for captioning. Sometimes it is located under Settings, Subtitles, Accessibility, or Language. Open the appropriate menu and make your selection.  […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Eight: Captioning a Conversation

Posted November 14, 2021

So far, we’ve talked about captioning media and presentations, but did you know tools exist to help you caption in-person conversations as well?  Ava was specifically built to help bridge the gap between hearing and Deaf/HOH people. In addition to its desktop closed caption feature that was reviewed in previous trainings, Ava captions one-on-one and group conversations through their phone, web, and desktop apps.  Microsoft Translator was specifically built […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Seven: Making a Transcript

Posted November 7, 2021

Creating a transcript for podcasts or videos that don’t support captioning is a great way to ensure access. While there are many paid services that can create a transcript for you, there are also free ways you can create a transcript yourself.  Using Microsoft Word  Follow the instructions for using the Microsoft Word Dictate Function.  Us […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Six: Captioning a Podcast

Posted October 31, 2021

Do you have trouble with hearing or understanding podcasts? With the Ava desktop app, you can provide floating desktop captions for any audio source coming from your computer – yes, that includes audio from podcasts!   To use AVA captions, go to and scroll down the page until you see the words “Ava Closed Captions- for Mac, Windows, and […]

InfoSec: One Week Left!

Posted October 26, 2021

The November 1st deadline for completing your Information Security Training Program is approaching! As you work through the program, here are a few things to keep in mind: You can login at with your Bryn Mawr email address and the password BrynMawr2021! (unless you have already updated the password to something of your preference) This password […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Five: Captioning in Panopto

Posted October 24, 2021

If you took an online class or recorded an online presentation, you might be familiar with Panopto, BMC’s video streaming platform. But did you know that Panopto automatically creates ASR captions for any video that is uploaded? Although this is a very helpful feature, keep in mind that ASR captions on Panopto are not always […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Four: Teams Captioning

Posted October 17, 2021

If you use Microsoft Teams, you’ll be glad to learn that you can turn on ASR captioning for your meetings. Follow the instructions in this tech doc to learn how to enable captions on Teams. One thing that makes Microsoft Teams captioning unique compared to other ASR options is that allows you to identify which speakers are talking. This feature is a great […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Three: Captioning in PowerPoint

Posted October 3, 2021

Did you know you can caption your PowerPoint presentation live in almost 60 different languages? Not only does PowerPoint’s subtitle feature allow you to caption in the language you are speaking in, but also it has a feature that allows you to translate your speech into captions in another language. This is a great tool […]

Launch Day: Information Security Education Program

Posted October 1, 2021

Today is the day! Your Information Security Education Program launches today. As you begin the program, here are a few things to keep in mind: All community members with a Bryn Mawr email address (excluding undergraduates) are required to complete the program by 11/1. Your default login is your Bryn Mawr email address and the […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training Two: Using Captions on Zoom

Posted September 26, 2021

Zoom now offers English-language ASR captioning and transcription for Bryn Mawr College accounts. When you enter the meeting as a host, you will see the CC Live Transcript button on your main toolbar. Click on CC Live Transcript. In the menu that appears, go to the heading Live Transcript and click Enable Auto-Transcription. Now Zoom […]

Get ready: Information Security Education Program launches 10/1!

Posted September 20, 2021

We are coming up on National Cybersecurity Awareness Month which means we are launching our annual Information Security Education Program  to be completed during the month of October. You will be responsible for completing the program if you are a: staff member faculty member (current or emeritus) graduate student (both GSAS and GSSWSR) post-baccalaureate student […]

Keep Calm and Caption On, Training One: CART vs. ASR

Posted September 20, 2021

For this week’s training, please read through the Captioning Tech Doc to learn the ins and outs of ASR vs. CART. This knowledge will help you get far in the escape room!  Either people or computers can create captions. When a computer creates captions, they are called automatic speech recognition (ASR) captions. ASR captions are often cheaper (if not free), faster, […]

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