Learning strategy and assistive technology

AccessAbility Services LEARN 

Learn how you can develop and strengthen your skill set through virtual workshops, resources, and demonstration videos.

How to register for our LEARN course

 
 

How to navigate our LEARN course

For a more in-depth overview of how to navigate the AccessAbility Services LEARN Course, view the video below, download the following handout: A Guide to Navigating AccessAbility Services LEARN, or starting in the Fall Term, join us for a LIVE guided virtual tour on the first Monday of every month in the Online Drop-in Centre.

Academic skill building program

Calling all first-year students registered with AccessAbility Services or students newly registered with our office! You're invited to take part in a 4-week self-guided program designed to promote greater self-awareness for how you learn. You will explore learning strategy supports and resources developed to provide the opportunity for academic success. Check out the Academic Skill Building Program module on our LEARN Course and join us LIVE for the guided virtual group sessions led by our Learning Strategist during weeks 1 and 4 of the program.

To register for the guided sessions, select your preferred start date below. Please do not register for more than one start date. Once you have registered for the week 1 guided session, you will be automatically enrolled in the week 4 guided session. Registration is limited to 25 participants/session.

Program Start Dates:

In this program, you will:

  • Learn how to access the services and supports available through AccessAbility Services
  • Explore best practices for engagement in a blended learning environment
  • Identify strategies to improve focus, productivity and balance your schedule
  • Engage in effective communication with your peers and instructors
  • Use strategies to capture course content, with effect 
  • Explore study strategies and assistive technology that promote active learning
  • Understand the modalities of online and in-person methods of evaluation
  • Develop skills to support goal-setting and personal wellness 

Student Support Drop-in Centre 

All students registered with AccessAbility Services are welcome to attend our online Student Support Drop-in Centre which runs Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the virtual classroom on our LEARN Course.

How to Access the Online Drop-in Centre

You can also connect with our Drop-In Centre staff through the "Ask Us" forum on our LEARN course. This is monitored Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. You can post a question anonymously, by selecting "post as anonymous" at the bottom right of the text box before clicking post.

Our Drop-in Centre staff are available to assist you with:

  • Time management 
  • Notetaking and lecture comprehension skills
  • Reading strategies
  • Test-taking and study strategies
  • Effective use of technology
  • Requesting and managing your accommodations through the online system

Mapping Out Your Term:

 

Time Management:

Reading and Note Taking:

Blending Learning:

Mapping Out Your Assignment:

Study Skills:

Test-taking Strategies:

Assistive Technology Workshops

Studying With Technology

  • Fall Term Dates TBD

How to Capture Course Content With Technology:

  • Fall Term Dates TBD

Writing With Technology:

  • Fall Term Dates TBD

Workshop Descriptions

Blended Learning

As a student, navigating a blended learning environment can be challenging. In this workshop, you will improve your skillset so that you can become a more successful and self-directed learner.   

  • Discover how to navigate online learning platforms 
  • Engage in effective communication with your peers and instructors
  • Identify strategies to help you balance your schedule 
  • Use strategies to capture course content, with effect 
  • Interact and collaborate with your peers through class participation 
  • Explore study strategies and assistive technology that promote active learning
  • Understand the modalities of online and in-person methods of evaluation
  • Develop skills to support goal-setting and personal wellness 

Mapping Out Your Term

Get your term started with success by learning how to be proactive and engage in long-range planning for the current term and beyond.

  • Learn how to navigate LEARN
  • Review your course syllabi and extract important information
  • Create a detailed master schedule and to-do list
  • Chart personal and academic goals

Time Management

Feeling stressed about how many assignments, tests, labs, presentations and personal commitments you have to deal with today, this week, this term?

  • Learn how to be more organized and efficient
  • Create SMART goals to help you with decision-making
  • Use strategies to keep you focused and on track
  • Discover productivity and time management apps
 

Reading & Note Taking

Effective reading and notetaking can play a key role in your academic success. Discover how to stay focused and adapt your reading and notetaking strategies to your learning environment. In this workshop you will: 

  • Develop skills for active learning and engagement
  • Use strategies to read with focus and efficiency
  • Learn how to implement effective notetaking strategies

Mapping Out Your Assignment

Are you having difficulty managing multiple assignments? Are you looking for strategies to balance your schedule and get back on track? In this workshop you will:

  • Explore present-focused self-care strategies
  • Develop strategies to support focus and efficiency
  • Learn how to break down and manage tasks with positive effect
 

Study Skills 

Thinking about how to improve focus, concentration, memory recall and retention to engage in studying with greater success? In this workshop you will:

  • Develop a greater understanding of how to enhance your learning
  • Learn how to adapt your lifestyle choices to promote positive study habits
  • Discover high-yield study strategies that can support your learning style

Test-taking Strategies

Have you developed a plan to help you succeed with upcoming tests? How well do you manage the stress of testing? In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to manage your stress more effectively
  • Identify strategies to support focus and productivity
  • Review systematic approaches to a variety of test question types

Studying with Technology

Do you ever wonder if you are making the best use of your time spent studying? Are you making use of the technology available to optimize your studying? In this workshop, you will be introduced to a variety of programs and applications designed to support your studying process which include:

  • Reading Tools
  • Study Tools
  • Organization & Time Management Tools
  • Timer Applications
  • Distraction Support tools
  • Concept Mapping Tools
  • Health, Wellness and Stress Management Tools
 

Capturing Course Content with Technology

Learn about a variety of technologies that will assist you in capturing course content. Learn how to audio record synchronous lectures, and/or create transcripts of your recorded (asynchronous) lecture in order to help supplement your notes. We will offer you solutions for note taking depending on how your lectures are being delivered in the virtual environment.

 

Writing with Technology

As a university student writing is a fundamental skill and often a significant requirement for the successful completion of your courses. In the online learning environment, you may find that you are writing with technology as opposed to pen and paper now more than ever. In this workshop, you will be introduced to a few programs and applications designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and enjoyment of your writing. Here is an overview of the categories of programs and applications that will be covered: 

  • Research Tools
  • Brainstorm/ Outline Tools
  • Writing and Editing Tools 
  • Speech to Text Tools 

    Student Technology Lab (Currently unavailable)

    The Technology Lab is located in 1441 Needles Hall and is open during AccessAbility Services hours.

    Assistive software and hardware in the labs include:

    • Dragon NaturallySpeaking
    • Kurzweil 3000 and 1000
    • Inspiration
    • ZoomText
    • JAWS
    • CCTV

    Adaptive Equipment Loan Program 

    The following adaptive equipment is available for students to sign-out on a daily, weekly or term basis.  It is loaned on a first come, first serve basis.  For information about the equipment available for loan, contact your Accommodation Consultant.

    • Digital recorders
    • FM Listening Systems (both systems have over the ear headsets)
    • Visual Alert System
    • Light therapy lamps
    • Livescribe Pens
    • Software license for Kurzweil 3000
    • Limited licenses of Audio Notetaker
    • Use of laptop in class
    • Portable CCTV