The SDEC : adaptive technology to support students

What is the SDEC ?

The Student Development and Enablement Centre [SDEC] is the dedicated adaptive technology area situated within the School's principal Computer Laboratory which was developed to support our students whose IT needs are not met by the standard school provision.

It was funded through the Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning and developed by members of the CETL team.

Where is the SDEC ?

The SDEC is in Room Ma223b and is usually entered via the stairs in Ma 143 ~ the principal SAS Computer facility, but access is available for wheelchair users via the West Yard Elevator and the Floor 1 corridor door [Ma223b].

  • 'Stations' - computers with twin monitors and magnification facilities configurable to individual student needs or preferences.
  • All 'stations' have 'read back' facilities so standard file formats can be converted to audio output.
  • All 'stations' are networked to the SDEC A3 scanner.
  • All 'stations' are networked to the SDEC printer as well as all other SAS 'student printers'.
  • Two stations also have Digital Dictation and Transcription Systems [ voice control or dictation software] with individual A4 scanners for OCR file input. These two stations also have motorised height adjustment on the desks.
  • All 'stations' are linked to our Distributed Teaching System

All 'SAS' computers, including the SDEC, are configured to use the USB 'stick' version of 'Jaws' and 'Supernova' screen readers.

SDEC People

As well as providing a 'quiet' area where students can work with their Student Enabling Centre supporters, pre-arranged induction sessions and software training is also available from Richard Homfray or Dr Nick Musgrove in the adjacent SDEC Support Office as is ' ad hoc' subject specific support.

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