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COC named community college captioning clearinghouse

Posted: July 15, 2008 12:53 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
College of the Canyons has been awarded a five-year, roughly $3.9 million, Distance Education Captioning and Transcription for California Community Colleges grant - designating COC as the statewide clearinghouse for the funding of all captioning activities within the 110-member California Community College system.

Captioning involves converting the audio portion of a video into text, which is displayed on a screen.

The grant funds, which will come in five annual $780,000 disbursements, will be used to contract outside captioning vendors to assist community colleges across the state that are in need of captioning and transcription services for their distance education programs. The funds may also be used to reimburse community colleges that have contracted such services directly themselves.

"This grant will allow College of the Canyons to be of great service to the entire California Community College system," said James Glapa-Grossklag, COC dean of distance learning programs and training. "The other 109 community colleges, as well as our own faculty and staff, will be looking to COC to support their efforts, and that's very exciting."

The main objective of the grant is to expand and ensure student access to distance education courses and programs throughout the state community college system. Though such programs are developed for the use of all students, the ability to provide captioning capabilities to educational materials - including instructional DVDs, Web casts, Powerpoint presentations, podcasts and other audio-visual materials - is especially beneficial to a college's disabled and ESL (English as Second Language) student populations.

"Oftentimes, material is covered in the classroom in a quick and furious manner. Sometimes material is presented only in a visual way. Sometimes material is presented only in an oral way," Glapa-Grossklag said. "But one of the most important ways to ensure that material is available to, and understood by, all types of students is to provide captioning."

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