[teknoids] Accommodating students who need to dictate exams?

Edmunds, Doug edmunds at unc.edu
Fri Mar 11 12:40:45 EST 2016

Hi Ben et al.,

We have always worked with UNC's office of accessibility resources & service when accommodations such as these are offered/required. That office has licensing deals for JAWS, the screen reader software, but I'm not sure about Dragon. I would think Emory has a similar central office that maybe could provide some help or guidance? We do provide a limited number of loaner laptops every exam period, a service which our students very much appreciate. But these cases where an accommodation requires additional software beyond ExamSoft are rare.

Good luck!


Doug Edmunds
Assistant Dean for IT & Adjunct Instructor
UNC School of Law

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First off, Happy Friday! It's a beautiful day here in Atlanta and I hope you all are having a good day.

Now to the question. Students have been given an exam accommodation where they are permitted to dictate their exam answers using one of Dragon's products. However, it appears that the students have not previously used the software and do not have it installed on their own computers. We are being asked if we can provide loaner computers with Dragon to the students during exams. I'm a little worried that we may run into demand issues - and I would very much prefer that they have Dragon on their own machines to train the software, become familiar with its use, etc.

Have any of you dealt with this scenario? Do you provide loaners in this situation?

Many thanks for your advice.


Ben Chapman, JD
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Emory University School of Law
ben.chapman at emory.edu
IT help: lawhelp at emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-6948


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