Assistive technology used in Solent University exams
Campus assistive technology: Text Help Read & Write Gold, Inspiration
Free assistive technology
Assistive Technology Centre
Captions and transcripts for online classes
Library computers are installed with Text Help Read & Write Gold (text-to-speech software) and Inspiration (mind mapping software). Windows Dictation voice typing (speech-to-text) is free online for anyone to use.
These 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
Assistive Technology used in Solent University Exams
This is only for students who have a Support Plan agreed with Access Solent to have reader or scribe support in exams and in-class tests.
During term we run one-hour workshops to learn about assistive technology and using this to develop independent study skills. You will use Text Help Read & Write Gold and Inspiration in the session. Book your place below:
Using Windows narration, magnification, captions, colour filters and accessibly personalisation - video:
Using Windows dictation, on screen keyboard and key shortcuts - video:
Windows high contrast & colour filters
You can adjust your Windows device to display text and background in high contrast, or to apply colour filters to the screen (including text and backgrounds).
Click on 'Ease of Access' on the Settings menu. Select high contrast / colour filters.
Assistive Technology Centre
Room ML015, 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:
3 Height-adjustable desks
2 Kneeling chairs
Magnifier for books /
27" large screen
The PC's are bookable (optional). See the library Lib Guide for more information and to book.
Book a 15 minute Access Solent appointment to discuss short term loans of laptops with assistive technology or digital voice recorders if you need further assistive technology support. You will need to have registered with Access Solent and provided diagnostic evidence.
If agreed, 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 can use automatic captioning or access transcriptions for your lessons, if they are live or pre-recorded. Re-watching recorded classes with a transcript can help you process information, take notes, revise and go over key points.
Captions: 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. The captions
will then appear at the bottom of the screen.
Transcripts: You can activate transcriptions in a teaching session and download a transcript to your computer as a document after the class.
Student Support app:the quickest way to find out answers to common questions in the Student Experience department, including Access Solent.
MySolent: quick access to key university services. It can help you to manage your university tasks, support you to gain confidence in navigating the campus and settling into university life.
Solent University uses lecture capture to record in-person classes and teams recordings of online classes (with some possible exceptions). Lecture capture content is usually uploaded to the SOL page for your course.