Assistive Technology - Faculty

Assistive Technology - Faculty

Information for Faculty

Assistive technology encompasses accommodations that are in place to assist students with communication in the classroom. This technology allows them to have access to the lecture material and allows them to participate in the class. This page outlines the types of technology that is used by eligible students, as well as resources for faculty.

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Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) provides sign language interpreting services to students through web cameras. This is done through an off-site interpreter, in order to facilitate communication for students in the classroom.

VRI In-Class

The following are items that will need to be taken into consideration when working with a VRI in the classroom:

  • Instructors will be asked to wear a lapel microphone (pictured below), so that the off-site interpreter can adequately hear what is being said.
  • When students are speaking, it is asked that the microphone be handed to the student, so no information is missed.
  • When the student utilizing the VRI is working in a group, the microphone should be placed in the group so that the interpreter can hear what is being said.
  • Ensure that, when the microphone is being used, it is not covered by anything such as hair, necklaces, or clothing.
  • The interpreter may still ask for clarification or voice for the student.
  • Students using this accommodation will need to use a laptop to see the interpreter.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to keep equipment between class sessions.

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If you experience any problems or have any concerns about the VRI, please contact CAR.

TypeWell

TypeWell is a tool that is used to provide real time transcription of a lecture to a student. The student is able to obtain a copy of the transcript from the lecture as well. This is done through an off-site transcriber, in order to facilitate communication for students in the classroom.

TypeWell In-Class

The following are items that will need to be taken into consideration when working with TypeWell in the classroom:

  • Instructors will be asked to wear a lapel microphone (pictured below), so that the off-site transcriber can adequately hear what is being said. 
  • When students are speaking, it is asked that the microphone be handed to the student, so no information is missed.
  • When the student utilizing TypeWell is working in a group, the microphone should be placed in the group so that the interpreter can hear what is being said.
  • Ensure that, when the microphone is being used, it is not covered by anything such as hair, necklaces, or clothing.
  • The transcriber may still ask for clarification or voice for the student.
  • Students using this accommodation will need to use a laptop to see the transcription.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to keep equipment between class sessions.

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If you experience any problems or have any concerns about TypeWell, please contact CAR.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALD):

Students with hearing loss may have difficulty hearing the lecture, classroom comments, or questions without assistance. The purpose of the ALD is to amplify the sound of the speaker for the listener.

Faculty may need to wear a clip microphone, attached to clothing near the mouth (or ask for a headset mic), and a small transmitter (put in a pocket or attach to waistband), and turn it on. It is the student’s responsibility to keep equipment between class sessions.

The student will use the receiver and some sort of listening accessory (headphones, etc.) to amplify the lecture to the volume needed.

If small group discussion is part of the coursework, the student can ask for and check out a "conference" mic, which will amplify the voices of all group participants.

If you experience any problems or have any concerns about the ALD, please contact CAR.

Troubleshooting Technology

If students or faculty experience problems related to a student’s in-class technology, they are encouraged to contact CAR at (541) 463-5150, or email at AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu
CAR will make every reasonable effort to assist the student in troubleshooting their technology before the class ends or before the start of the next class.

FAQ:

What do I do if a student’s technology is not working?

  • If students or faculty experience problems related to a student’s in-class technology, they are encouraged to contact CAR at (541) 463-5150 or email at AccessibleResources@lanecc.edu
  • We will make every reasonable effort to assist the student in troubleshooting their technology before the class ends or before the start of the next class.

What do I do if my class does not work well with the VRI?

  • If you have any concerns with a student’s technology in your class, please contact CAR.

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