The DECT Grant Program
AST has worked closely with the California Community College (CCC) system for several years as part of their commitment to serving students with disabilities. The world’s largest college system supports over 50,000 students with disabilities; captioning and transcribing media provides them with access to critical learning materials. AST provides captions and transcripts for educational and informational podcasts, various forms of video for distance learning, supplemental class materials, recorded events and faculty training. Captioning widens the audience for these materials and aligns to accessibility regulations. Adding captions also allows content to be word-searchable and more easily indexed and cataloged.
AST was again selected as one of the pre-approved vendors for post-production transcription and captioning services for California Community Colleges for the Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant program (DECT). Under this grant program, member colleges can use AST’s captioning and transcription services for eligible distance learning materials and have the services paid for directly out of the grant funding. The grant application and agreement form can be found on the DECT grant program administrators’ site.
To Get Started
Depending on whether you are participating in the DECT grant program, or if you wish to take advantage of our regular educational pricing program, there are a number of possible paths to follow. Choose from the following options to get started on setting up your CaptionSync account:
- I want to create an account eligible for DECT work.
- I want to create a regular account for non-DECT services.
- I already have an account with AST.
CaptionSync is an automated service that enables you to submit your media through a web-based interface and receive caption files very quickly — within minutes if you are able to provide a transcript file, or within three business days if you need us to generate the transcript. We offer over 100 output formats that support most broadcast and web media formats, including popular types like Flash, YouTube, iTunes, and others. CaptionSync can be used to generate a transcript of your media, or it can generate fully synchronized caption files for you. In addition, AST offers a number of captioning-related supplementary services:
- Video Encoding: when you need to encode captions in the subtitle track of MP4 video files for use on mobile devices and tablets.
- DVD/MP4 Transfer: when you have VHS or DVD media and you would like us to convert, caption, and author it for you.
- Translation: when you need to translate English to Spanish or Spanish to English.
- Tools such as our CaptionSync Smart Player, which leverages Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to make video content more engaging and interactive.
If you are captioning content hosted on lecture capture or online video platform such as Kaltura, Tegrity, Ensemble Video, Desire2Learn Capture, Brightcove, Echo360, Mediasite, Panopto, Sharestream, NCast, 3C Media Solutions, or YouTube, you can take advantage of the the CaptionSync integration that these systems offer to fully automate the captioning workflow.
Our automated captioning service is very cost effective, and our educational pricing even more so. For eligible distance education material, CCC users can apply to the DECT grant program and have your project invoiced directly to the grant. Or you can purchase through our volume purchase program outside of the CollegeBuys program. AST offers bulk purchasing discounts for purchases in excess of 50 hours. If you have questions about CollegeBuys or the DECT grant, please contact our experts directly at 877-AST-SYNC ext. 777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.