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). 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 term we run a one-hour assistive technology workshop 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.
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 /
27" large screen
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 or transcriptions for your lessons, if they are live or pre-recorded sessions. Re-watching recorded classes with a transcript can help you process information, take notes, revise and go over key points.
Captions: 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. The captions
will then appear at the bottom of the screen.
Transcripts: You can activate transcription in a teaching session and download a transcript to your computer as a document after the class.
Student Support: The Student Support app is the quickest way to find out answers to the most common questions in the Student Experience department, including Access Solent. Please check this before emailing.
MySolent: 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.
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.