CITS has secured 1,000 licenses of the Cisco Webex version with closed captions and live transcriptions
The Webex Assistant License enables the host to have meetings featuring closed captions scrolling on the bottom of the screen, if enabled. This is an extra accessibility feature for those who are participating in those meetings and events, and can easily be hidden if they do not want to use it.
The closed captions are created by artificial intelligence (AI), so it does not need a third-party application or vendor. However, this feature does not satisfy the need for purposes of an academic accommodation, but it does increase participants’ access to information processing.
This feature is ideal for faculty and staff who facilitate workshops, webinars, and course lectures.
A similar feature is expected to be available in Zoom at a later date.
UMB faculty and staff who want to request access should email Sddatacom@umaryland.edu with the subject line: Request a Webex Assistant License.