Technology includes a broad range of software, hardware, and web-based tools and is an easy and effective way of implementing Universal Design in the classroom. Please refer to the Faculty & Staff Guidelines section for more information on Universal Design. COCC has the following accessible technology to assist with a variety of learning needs in your classroom environment. Please contact our e-learning team (extension 7785) for help in aligning technologies with your instructional goals, evaluating the accessibility of technologies, and providing training on supported technologies. Some require approval through e-learning before receiving access or visit the webpage: COCC eLearning
1. ReadSpeaker- A text to speech program that uses technology to speech enable websites and online documents and forms. Our license specifically integrates with Blackboard for student and faculty use. The speaker icon will appear at the bottom of the blackboard page. Users can read the whole webpage or document at once, or listen to selected sections. Users can configure reading speed, text color, highlighting by sentence and words, zoom or use a reading ruler. ReadSpeaker is compatible with the following file types: MS Office- .xlsx, .docx, .pptx. Rich Text- .rtf, PDF, ePubs. You can click here to see how Readspeaker assists with tests in auditory format (Video)!
2. Apps for Smart Devices - Are you looking for note taking assistance? Document Scanners and readers? Text-to-Speech help? E-Books? This search helps you find app to help with that. You can search by category (reading, math, etc), price, device, etc.
3. Laptops/Personal Devices- Windows, Macs, Androids, and iOS mobile devices all have common accessibility features:
Window for Accessibility Tools:
Most tools and features can be accessed via the Settings window. There are several different methods for accessing this window.
- The easiest way is to go to the bottom left corner of the screen and select the Start button, then select the Settings button which will appear just above the Start and Power buttons.
- The Settings window can also be accessed from the Application list under S.
- You can also type the word Settings in the Windows search pane (Type here to search).
Ease of Access (Windows Accessibility Settings):
Windows 10 places the majority of their accessibility tools within the Ease of Access area located in the main Windows Settings window. Knowing how to locate these settings will allow you to access the majority of the accessibility tools we will be discussing in this guide.
To access the Ease of Access window, go to Start/The Windows Logo Key then Settings > Ease of Access
Access on a Mac:
The accessibility tools and features can be accessed via the System Preferences window on a Mac. To access this menu window, click on the System Preferences icon. This icon may be located in the dock or you can choose System Preferences from the Apple menu. Depending on the version of the Mac OS you are on, you will see either an option called Universal Access or one called Accessibility. Regardless of which option you see, clicking on it will bring up the window for accessing most of the accessibility tools for a Mac
For Staff & Faculty:
ReadSpeaker- A text to speech program that uses technology to speech enable websites and online documents and forms. Our license specifically integrates with Blackboard for student and faculty use. The speaker icon will appear at the bottom of the blackboard page. Users can read the whole webpage or document at once, or listen to selected sections. Users can configure reading speed, text color, highlighting by sentence and words, zoom or use a reading ruler. ReadSpeaker is compatible with the following file types: MS Office- .xlsx, .docx, .pptx. Rich Text- .rtf, PDF, ePubs. This short tutorial shows you how to create text legible documents. Faculty can click on either of the following for more information: Readspeaker Tutorial | Readspeaker Tutorial Foreign Language
Camtasia Studio- A screen recording tool that allows the user to record and edit videos, import media, and add interactive content (e.g. quizzes).
Captioning- Captioning and/or transcription services for self-made or owned video and audio content.
Collaborate- a web conferencing tool that is integrated into Blackboard already - you can use it to host synchronous (real-time) sessions with your students and/or advisees, but is also useful as a lecture capture platform. You can use Collaborate to record your webcam or your computer screen, which is then uploaded to your Blackboard course where you can link to it for students to view.
Kaltura- Upload and stream video content into your Blackboard courses. Media is saved on a separate, dedicated media server for fast, reliable steaming, and is available across all courses and terms.
SoftChalk- Digital curriculum authoring product that lets you take content you already have (such as Word, PowerPoint files, PDFs, videos and weblinks), combine it with resources from the web (such as videos, web widgets and textbook media) and turn it into easy-to-navigate, professional-looking, interactive, web-based modules.
StudyMate- Build activities that help students "master the basics" of course material through learning activities, self-assessments, and games. A dozen activities such as flash cards, crosswords and quizzes engage students with course content in an individualized way. Can be used through Blackboard.
Respondus- A tool for creating and managing exams that can be moved between offline text documents and Blackboard. Also Available: access to thousands of Respondus-compatible publisher test banks, which is free to instructors who have adopted a participating textbook.
TurnItIn- Most often viewed as only a plagiarism detection tool, but TurnItIn offers much more: use it to quickly and easily provide rich feedback through their grading tools, voice comments, peermark for peer assessment, and of course, originality reports. Fully integrated into Blackboard and the Blackboard grade center.