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Effective: Fall 2012

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ALCA 101.
Grade Type: Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will demonstrate the ability to self advocate by communicating effectively computer access needs and requirements and identify goals for his/her level of proficiency.
  • A successful student will select and use appropriate assistive computer technology to achieve academic goals and objectives.
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.

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.
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.

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
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.
Representative Text(s) -
Varies according to software, equipment, and individual student plan. Instructor provides materials.

Disciplines -
Special Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Individual instruction
  2. On-line tutorials
  3. Projects and assignments using assistive technology
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.
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.