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Assistive Technology (AT): Workshops

The Assistive Technology (AT) Guide provides you with information about assistive software and training in the library.

Assistive Technology Workshops

Bookings open two weeks prior to the workshop week. 

 

Workshops

Dragon


Category: Speech-to-text

Transform your spoken words into text so you can focus on getting your ideas down quickly without worrying about typing and spelling. You can also use Dragon to make edits and apply formatting by using voice commands to make it easier create your documents and working word processors, such as Microsoft Word. Dragon also works will Audio Notetaker and other software. 

  • Think out loud and instantly capture your ideas up to 3x faster than typing.
  • Edit and format text faster without using using a keyboard and mouse.
Dragon v14 is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and in the Individual Study Rooms. You will need to be registered to access this software in the Accessible Study Rooms and KL00.09. To see if you eligible, please contact the Library Disability Team at libdis@dmu.ac.uk. Draogn is also available on loan laptops from the blue laptop locker in Kimberlin.

 

 

MindGenius and MindView


Category: Mind mapping

Mind Mapping can help make your studies more organised, effective and creative. This workshop takes a practical look at how to use mind mapping software to:

  • Generate ideas 
  • Create outlines for reports, essays and dissertations
  • Identify, organise and manage projects
  • Create Gantt Charts (MindGenius and MindView) and SWOT tables.
  • Export into Word, Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Keep track of References and your list of web links
  • Use as a visual learning tool and exam revision

 

All mind mapping software is available on all PCs in the Library spaces. Mind View is available on both PCs and MACs.

Inspiration


Category: Visual Mapping (Mind Mapping)

Mind mapping can help make your studies more organised, effective and creative. This workshop takes a practical look at how to use Inspiration as a visual mapping tool to:

  • Generate ideas 
  • Create outlines for reports, essays and dissertations
  • Export into Word and PowerPoint
  • Use as a visual learning tool and exam revision
Inspiration is available on all PCs in the Library spaces.

TextHelp Read & Write v11.5


Category: Text-to-Speech (Speech-to-Text)

Read&Write is a toolbar that can help students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties with reading and writing assignments. It can read out loud Web pages, Word documents, Scanned pages and PDFs. It can also be a useful tool for proof listening your written assignments.

TextHelp Read&Write can also transfer your spoken word into text in Word documents. 

TextHelp Read+Write (v11.5) is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and in the Individual Study Rooms. You will need to be registered to access this software in the Accessible Study Rooms and KL00.09. Please contact the Library Disability Team at libdis@dmu.ac.uk to see if you are eligible.

 

Audio Notetaker


Category: Note-taking

Audio Notetaker is a powerful note-making assistive software that can enhance your study skills. Its a practical session on how to use Audio Notetaker to: 

  • Record your lectures and add tags
  • Take better notes
  • Import PowerPoint Slides
  • Import audio from App or other recording devices
Audio Notetaker is available on Assistive Technology (AT) computers and in the Individual Study Rooms. You will need to be registered to access this software in the Accessible Study Rooms and KL00.09.Please contact the Library Disability Team at libdis@dmu.ac.uk to see if you are eligible.

Notetalker


Category: Note-taking

Notetalker Edit is a powerful note-making assistive software for both Windows and MAC computers.

This is practical session on how to use Notetalker Edit to:

  • Record your lectures and add bookmarks
  • Playback recordings and navigate to tagged bookmarks
  • Add notes
  • Import PowerPoint slides and images
  • Import audio from App or other device
Notetalker is available on all PCs and MACs in the Library spaces.

 

Include Me and ClaroRead


Category: Text-to-Speech

ClaroRead and Include Me are text-to-speech software that will read on-screen text. This is a practical introduction to their text-to-speech feature

ClaroRead and Include Me are available on all PCs and MACs in Library spaces.

 

The 500 Word Club 


Join the 500 Word Club where you can bring along your assignment and work on it in an environment where there is support available.

The session is supported by Assistive Technology and CLaSS. We will cover techniques to help you get started with your writing, plan and structure your work and learn how to use assistive software to proceed.

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The 500 Word Club takes place weekly.