What to Expect when a Student uses Live Captioning in your Classroom

Live captioning in your classroom will either be done remotely through the students laptop or a trained Captionist/Stenographer will attend class with the student.  In most instances, students will be using a remote Captionist/Stenographer to provide a live transcription of your lecture.  The bullet points below describe what to expect, and how to assist the student and the Captionist so the accommodation is effective.

Equipment to Expect

  • Student will use a laptop, iPad, or iPhone to capture the audio of lecture and to view the live captioning.  The student will connect remotely to a Captionist using Auburn University's wireless network and transmit your lecture to a remote location to be transcribed.
  • Typically, a microphone and FM System will be used to capture and transmit your lecture to the student's laptop.  The microphone may need to sit on your desk, the student's desk, or be worn by you.  Each setting is different, so if you have any concerns, please contact our office at 844-2096.
  • If you are in a classroom with an existing amplification system and have concerns about wearing two microphones or a conflict with an existing audio system, please contact our office.
  • If you require your students to break up into small groups for discussion, the student may need to place an omnidirectional microphone in the center of the group to better pick up the discussion.
  • If field trips are required for your course, the student may need to bring a digital recorder on the trip to have transcribed later.

Good Practices

  • It is good practice to not start the lecture until the student is clearly connected to the Captionist.  Discuss with the student how he or she will communicate a successful connection.  It is the student's responsibility to arrive to class in a sufficient time, so your class is not delayed from beginning.
  • Live captioning will have a slight delay, so the student may need more time to respond to questions.
  • It is also a good practice to repeat any questions asked by other students, so the Captionist will be able to transcribe the question.
  • Supplying the student or the Office of Accessibility with terminology that is unique or specific to your course helps to improve the captioning provided by the Captionist.


  • Personnel from the Office of Accessibility will contact you by email if a student will be using live captioning your course.
  • Technology Specialist are available to assist with any technical questions that might arise.
  • Captionist/stenographers are ethically required to capture everything that is spoken.


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