[teknoids] Accommodating students who need to dictate exams?

Whitcomb, Jeff jmwhitco at samford.edu
Fri Mar 11 14:39:57 EST 2016

We’ve had one situation where Dragon was needed for use in taking exams. So far, just a couple of cases, and not at the same time. We had one of our library conference rooms that has a computer installed in it designated for the use of Dragon for these two students. They were both familiar with the software. I think they had it on their own machines, but we provided the machine and space for the exam. If we had more demand, I’m not sure what we would do, but likely would put it on the library loaner machines. We’ll have to talk about that if it ever happens.

Jeff Whitcomb
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Technology Services - Cumberland 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
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