Learning strategy and assistive technology

AccessAbility Services' LEARN Course

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 or download the following handout: A Guide to Navigating AccessAbility Services LEARN.

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

Workshops

Online workshops will be run through Microsoft Teams. Registrants will receive an invite link 1 business day prior.

Upcoming workshops:

Time Management

  • Friday, May 14th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 11th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 16th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Study Skills 1: Self-care for Learning

  • Thursday, May 13th, 2021 - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Study Skills 2: Practical Applications

  • Thursday, May 13th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 28th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 16th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 29th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 5th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Test Writing Strategies for Midterms/Final Exams

  • Friday, May 28th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 11th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 29th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 5th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mapping Out your Term

  • Friday, May 14th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Notetaking & How to Use Them Effectively

  • Thursday, May 13th, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

How to Capture Course Content with Technology

  • Monday, June 7th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Writing with Technology

  • Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Studying with Technology

  • Thursday, June 10th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Digitizing Math

  • Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 - 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Workshop Descriptions

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

Study Skills 1: Self-care for Learning

We often think of studying as the act of sitting down to review and recall information, for performance-based evaluations. While this is true, there are many lifestyle factors that enhance focus, concentration, memory recall and retention. These lifestyle choices and habits create a solid foundation, support brain health and overall well-being and ultimately set the stage for optimal learning. 

Please join us for this workshop to learn the ‘what, how and most importantly the why’ healthy lifestyle choices support your brain and turn it into an efficient learning machine!

 

Test Writing Strategies for Midterms/Final Exams

Have you developed a plan to help you succeed with upcoming Midterms/Final Exams? 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    

Study Skills 2: Practical Applications

Everyone has some study strategies up their sleeve…but how do you know if they are truly effective? What evidence do you have? What is your dominant learning preference and what strategies can you employ to compliment that? Let’s move from cram…to plan, from harder to smarter! 

Please join us for this workshop, to discover the science behind high yield strategies and why some methods are proven to be more effective than others are.

 

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

Notetaking & How to Use Them Effectively

When the average person speaks approximately 125 words per minute, how am I to keep up in a lecture when I only write about 30 words per minute or keyboard 60-70 wpm?

Notetaking is a skill that you can definitely master! Please join us for this workshop and learn how to actively listen, capture the essence of the lecture content and be introduced to three different methods for effective notetaking. We will touch on free trial technology that can support you in your lectures. Tips on how to identify common vocabulary Professors use, time saving common abbreviations, as well as what you should always do with your notes within 24 hours after the lecture, to slow down the forgetting process, will be discussed!

How to Capture 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 
 

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

Digitizing Math

In this workshop you will learn about a variety of tools that will help digitize your Math. We will be covering the following programs and applications and the features available: 

  • EquatIO 
  • Microsoft Math Solver 
  • PhotoMath 
  • Google Lense 
  • Live Scribe Pen 
 

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 (Currently unavailable)

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