Innovative Remote CART Technology Setups to Deliver Quality Audio and Great Student Experiences


Scheduled at 8:00am in Windsor on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Patrick Sweeney, Instructional Technology Consultant, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Todd Schwanke, Assistant Director, AT Services, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


The McBurney Center at UW-Madison will share various technology configs it has developed to support live remote CART in various types of classrooms to optimize the quality/reliability of audio the captioners receive and minimize the setup that the students perform, to maximize the communication access for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.


Remote CART (Computer Access Realtime Translation) captioning promises many benefits for students and campuses supplying CART services, however delivering high quality and effective remote CART in higher education classrooms presents numerous logistical challenges related to audio quality, mics picking up all relevant speakers, student involvement in setup, and technical support. The McBurney Disability Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison uses both in-person and remote CART, and has developed/tested various innovative technology configurations/processes to successfully address these challenges and create positive student experiences. We will demo and describe the setups, including technical requirements, pros/cons, and staffing needs. One of the setups uses repurposed laptops installed in classroom podiums to send live audio from the room’s audio system to the captioner; no additional microphone is needed and students simply log on to a website to view captions.


  1. Off-the-shelf, classroom, and ALD technology that can be used for remote CART
  2. Examples of workflows and strategies for providing high quality audio to captioners
  3. Technology combinations that may work better in particular classroom types

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Patrick Sweeney

Patrick is an Instructional Technology Consultant at the McBurney Disability Resource Center on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. The McBurney Center is the office for students with disabilities related to classroom accommodations. He supports technology related to DHH services including, Remote CART services and Media Captioning Services.

Todd Schwanke


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