A Game Changer for Zoom Classes: Live Transcription by Otter.ai
During class, students will often type everything a professors says. This sort of rote stenography is very, very ineffective. First, students have to focus so hard on capturing every word that they seldom think about what is being said. Second, verbatim notes are usually ineffective. Students do not have time to re-read the entire class from scratch. Third, students in transcription mode may not think of important questions in the moment. The most important element of class is the ability to ask questions.
Many professors have banned laptops, for among other reasons, to force students to take careful handwritten notes. But without a laptop, students may feel that their outlines are lacking. To remedy this deficiency, some professors will appoint a student as the designated note taker for a given class. He or she can use a laptop, and then share notes with the entire class. With this approach, students can still obtain a detailed class outline, but still have time to actually pay attention. I’ve always been skeptical of this approach. I would never trust someone else to prepare my outline. Not because I do not trust him or her. But because I have a very idiosyncratic way of learning that likely does not fit how others learn.
Since I started teaching in 2012, I have live-streamed all of my classes to YouTube. I’ve told students they do not need to type everything I say. They can simply fill in gaps in their notes later. This approach has worked well enough.
Now, I’ve discovered a game-changer. It is possible to automatically transcribe a Zoom call in real-time. Yes. As you speak, closed
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