MIT OpenCourseWare Launches Interactive Transcripts and Video Search
MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) today launched a beta site featuring our interactive transcripts and video search plugins. Video search has become increasingly important for MIT OCW, which has grown to over 2,100 online courses covering virtually all MIT undergraduate and graduate courses taught at MIT.
The new MIT OpenCourseWare interactive transcripts allow users to search within a lecture or across an entire course. Users can also navigate to a specific point in the video by clicking any word in the transcript.
Transcripts and captions are not new for MIT OCW, which has been diligently captioning videos to accommodate users with hearing disabilities. But the new features launching today go beyond accessibility. The objectives are to improve usability and engagement for more than one million unique visitors who use the website every month.
The best part of adding interactive transcripts is that they can be applied retroactively to all the MIT OCW content that we’ve ever processed. That’s because we store transcripts and captions indefinitely, which lets our customers add new features anytime. Same goes for new captions formats, such as the webVTT format emerging for HTML5. As soon as new formats become available, they can be downloaded for all of the past content.
We’re excited to see MIT OCW at the forefront of online learning with its unparalleled free educational content and innovative web technologies.