White Paper

VOICE TO TEXT APP: QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH HIGH TECH 


Abstract

Traditional teaching, learning and public talks are case examples in which materials presented can easily be marred with ambiguity, misunderstanding or total lack of understanding. These could be caused by diverse reasons or scenarios, such as English being a secondary language of the professor or student, moments of distraction or poor/advanced vocabulary. Many students also find it difficult to take notes during classes or meetings while trying to simultaneously absorb the information being presented to them.

In this project, we present an educational productivity tool (Vopio app) that creates digital copies of shared materials. It explores avenues to solve the aforementioned problems and is designed to boost understanding of materials taught in class as well as improve the quality of teaching and learning. Vopio is an interactive, voice-to-text application that provides clickable keywords hyperlinked to online dictionary APIs (application programming interface). The benefits of Vopio include software features that bring machine learning to generate a curated Personal Dictionary tailored to the student’s individual learning journey. This feature facilitates in-class learning and teaching even for users with hearing needs.

Keywords: Live captions; natural speech recognition; hyperlinked keywords; synchronous lectures; app; accessibility; learning; hearing; comprehension; teaching; academic success


Published on ICERI 2021 – International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (learn more)


Etymology:

v stands for voice

opio stands for learning, from the Finnish word oppia.