Liberated Learning Consortium was founded to research and develop two interrelated applications:
- Using speech recognition technology to automatically caption spoken language and display it as readable text in educational environments
- Using speech recognition to produce and disseminate accessible, multimedia transcripts
The Consortium’s ultimate goal is for speech recognition based captioning and transcription of educational media to become a standard for supporting diverse learning needs in learning environments. The Consortium strives to make these approaches widely available to improve access to information for persons with disabilities.
Through collaboration, the Liberated Learning Consortium is dedicated to:
- Collaboratively researching and testing speech recognition in various learning environments
- Evaluating and reporting the impact of speech recognition on learners with and without disabilities, faculty/instructors, and other stakeholders
- Improving the universal efficiency and effectiveness of speech recognition technologies and techniques through applied research and development
- Developing transferable models for successfully implementing speech recognition in a range of learning environments
- Actively raising awareness of the use of speech recognition as an emerging means of improving accessibility
The Consortium was founded by Saint Mary’s University and IBM Research through a Joint Study Agreement that engages like-minded organizations. Saint Mary’s University hosts the Consortium’s management team and support systems.
Consortium Members actively use speech recognition to improve access for learners, work collaboratively to improve available technologies and techniques, and drive the direction of research and development.