Library computers are installed with Text Help Read & Write Gold (text-to-speech software) and Inspiration (mind mapping software). Google Voice typing (speech-to-text) is free online for anyone to use.
These are free to use on campus and can assist students with:
revising for exams
note-taking in class
reading and research
writing assessments including transposing ideas into written form
proofreading spelling, structure and grammar
Texthelp Read & Write Gold
Text-to-speech software installed across networked campus PCs.
Hear text read aloud with a choice of natural
skills and confidence
documents and web pages into MP3 audio files
for listening on the move
During teaching weeks we run a one-hour assistive technology workshop each week in MLB07. These cover Inspiration, Text Help Read & Write Gold and Google Voice. There will be time for questions in the last 10 minutes of the sessions.
***Please note that assistive technology workshops will not run during the autumn term 2020.
Free assistive technology
Google voice typing - Speech-to-text software that can be really helpful to transpose your thoughts to paper. You must use Google
Docs for this but you can transfer to MS Word at any time. We show you how to use this in our assistive technology workshops.
Proofreading software - Both Ginger and Grammarly are proofreading tool that detects grammar and spelling errors based on the
context of the sentence.
Evernote - Virtual notebook for multiple devices to store, organise and
edit electronic material.
AccessApps - Over 60 open source and freeware Windows applications that support
reading, writing and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical
Located on the ground
floor of the Mountbatten Library (next to the exit doors) the ATC provides a quiet space to
work with the following facilities:
Magnifier for books /
Come to an Access Solent drop in to discuss short term loans of laptops with assistive technology or digital voice recorders if you feel these would benefit your studies.
If approved, you will be able to collect and return equipment from the Learning Technologies team on the second floor of the Library.
Captions for online classes
You may find it helpful to use automatic captioning for your lessons, if they are live or pre-recorded sessions. Re-watching recorded classes with captions can help you process information, take notes, revise and go over key points.
For students viewing classes you just need to press the ‘CC’
button in the video player to turn on/off captions like in the images below. The
first image (left) is for live classes and second (top right) for pre-recorded classes. The captions
will then appear at the bottom of the screen. For pre-recorded classes a transcript is available on the right of your screen (bottom right).
Solent University has a policy for students recording classes. Please refer to the policy, and ensure you seek permission from the class tutor to record the class at the start of each session.
Solent University also uses lecture capture to record classes and to support academic staff to relay information to students. Lecture capture is used in lots of courses at the University. You can ask your course team if they use lecture capture for your classes. Lecture capture content is usually uploaded to the SOL page for your course.
Our MySolent mobile app provides you with quick access to key university services. It can help you to manage your university tasks and support you to gain confidence in navigating the campus and settling into university life. More information about the app and how to download it can be found here.