Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Counseling and Student Services Division
3 hours laboratory.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Pass No Pass
 Degree Status: Non-ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: NoneValidation:

1. Description -
Survey course designed to provide students with an overview of current assistive technologies including Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil, Inspiration etc. Course content includes an evaluation of technology needs, tutorials, and hands-on practice for various software and hardware.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ALCA 101.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Identify appropriate assistive computer technology needs.
  2. Practice and apply use of assistive computer technology through use of tutorials, on-line instruction, and lab.
  3. Implement knowledge of assistive computer technology to achieve academic goals and objectives.
  4. Communicate assistive technology needs and accommodations with instructors.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Access to specially configured computers or software, as well as other access devices, if necessary, in order to provide and to train students to utilize reasonable accommodations in the least restrictive environment.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Define and apply knowledge of self advocacy skills
    1. Discuss assistive technology and accommodation needs with instructors
    2. Investigate self advocacy resources
    3. Write a summary of self advocacy experience
  2. Electronic text Reading Systems
    1. Identify and apply screen reading software
      1. E-text
      2. Natural Reader
      3. Dolphin Reader
      4. Easy Reader
  3. Voice Recognition Software
    1. Review Dragon Naturally Speaking training tutorials
    2. Memorize and master dictation commands
    3. Create word processing documents utilizing software
  4. Notetaking Pen device
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of applications and functions
    2. Experiment use of pen to a variety of classroom settings
  5. Inspiration Writing Software
    1. Identify and review important commands and functions
    2. Apply outlining and diagramming pre-writing strategies to coursework
  6. Kurzweil 3000 Reading Software
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of applications and functions
  7. Zoomtext Screen Magnifier Software
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of applications and functions
  8. Microsoft Office 2007
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of applications and functions
  9. Mavis Beacon Typing Software
    1. Develop typing accuracy and speed
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Participate in compulsory orientation
  2. Complete "assessment needs" survey
  3. Complete two modules as listed in Etudes and demonstrate proficiency.
  4. Utilize Evaluation rubrics model to assess level of achievement.
  5. Participation and attendance based on 36 hour of required lab time.
  6. Complete course evaluation survey.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Varies according to software, equipment, and individual student plan. Instructor provides materials.

8. Disciplines -
Special Education
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Individual instruction
  2. On-line tutorials
  3. Projects and assignments using assistive technology
10. Lab Content -
Under the supervision of the lab coordinator, students will view tutorial video lessons, and then practice the skill explained in the video: for example, in the Kurzweil program, creating an outline for an essay using the adaptive tech tools is demonstrated, then student practices on the computer using the outline tool to create an essay. Lab coordinator then evaluates and grades. This can be different/individualized for each student depending on disability and academic need.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Read an article posted in Etudes(Example: "How to Advocate for Yourself in a College Setting") and the student testimonials about self-advocacy, then write your own essay about personal experiences in self-advocacy, including what was learned about the process and what will your future communications with college professor be.
13. Need/Justification -
This is class is designed for students with a verified disability to support their education needs and accommodations in the area of Assistive Computer Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-11 09:04:31

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines