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Increasing Access to Online Education

Using Speech Recognition Software

Using Speech Recognition Software for Online Education

E-learning has been growing at an unprecedented pace and is being embraced by a wider range of learner audiences. This project will teach persons with motor disabilities resulting from paralysis, spinal cord, or other injuries to adapt and utilize voice recognition software in order to fully access and complete online college programs.

There are five self-paced instructional videos available or soon to be available to registered users in the Videos link above. Registration is free and allows access to all of the instructional videos.

These lessons are intended for:

  • men and women with quadriplegia
  • war veterans with disabilities
  • those with neurological disorders that affect upper limb mobility
  • K-12 teachers who deal with mobility issues in the classroom
  • post-secondary instructors and instructional designers concerned with accessibility
  • anyone who has difficulty using a computer with a traditional keyboard and/or mouse

The videos utilize Dragon NaturallySpeaking software to control a PC. The following topics are covered:

  • Training Your Voice for Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Basic Overview of Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Personalizing Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Writing a Program with Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Creating a Web Page with Dragon NaturallySpeaking

In addition to covering the functions and capabilities of speech recognition software, the last two videos demonstrate how to create a program and a web page. Both are skills that are in high demand in the job market, and are necessary to complete the fully online degree programs at Dakota State University that have a technical focus.

After viewing all of the video tutorials, users will be asked to complete a follow up survey to assess the effectiveness of the lessons.