Academic Transcription - An Overview

Academic Transcription - An Overview
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy


Academic Transcription is transcribing oral words into written format such as transcribing lectures, speeches etc. It refers to the transcription of focus groups, seminars, discussions held in schools, colleges and Universities. Most academic institutions make audio recordings of their important study and research materials and later transcribe them for further study and analysis. More and more the academic transcription of audio/video recordings is an invaluable asset to the academic community.

Academic Transcription also refers to conversion of a written source to another medium, such as making digital version of thesis and dissertation. It has become a necessity for research institutes and universities and other academic circles.

Academic Transcription can be transcribing recordings from class lectures, academic seminars, classroom meetings or just about anything that you can think of that would take place on a college or university campus, inside or outside of a structured classroom.

Academic Transcription services are regularly sought by university administrators and academic researchers. More and more universities, colleges and research institutes are recording their educational, research and academic material for further research purposes. Students, too, are recognizing the benefits of having their lecture or class notes transcribed professionally. All academic institutions such as schools, colleges, Universities and individuals associated with them (teachers, Professors, students) require academic transcription in their related fields.

No doubt, lectures are one of the most important tools that you can have whilst at University. Professors and lecturers have picked up the most useful and helpful resources that provide instant knowledge of the subjects concerned. In addition, speeches, and oral histories are also valuable records of events that usually only happen once and academic transcription of these records provide valuable information.

While these interviews/lectures takes place, the coordinator captures and records it as an audio file, and sends it for transcribing. The transcriber in turn listens to the audio file, transcribes it and sends it back to the client as a text format.

In today’s competitive global market, the importance of quality transcription services is greater than ever.

Transcription of classroom discussions and lectures is also extremely helpful for students with hearing disabilities. Hard at hearing students find it impossible to follow lectures that involve audio recordings. Textual transcripts of the lectures serve as an easy method for them to refer to notes and lectures.

Some of the areas included in academic transcription are:



  • Interviews of one-to-one or multiple speaker research interview
  • Lectures/conferences
  • Focus groups-group meetings and discussions
  • Podcasts and webcasts- live debates and seminars
  • Presentations
  • Course materials

Today, lectures and speeches are also made available on internet for students to download on their iPod. It is extremely beneficial for students to transcribe them for easy reference.

Obviously the subjects in academic institutions are widely varied. It is very difficult for the academic community to transcribe all themselves. Therefore, there is a growing need to outsource academic transcription to professional companies as it frees them from the tedious process of dictation and transcription, allowing them to focus on their.

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed success at GMR for almost ten years now and has helped the company grow. Within two years of Beth managing GMR Transcription, it had doubled in sales and was named one of the OC Business Journal’s fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she likes spending time with her husband and two kids.