Adaptive Technology Lab Location
1103 McKeldin Library
Phone: (301) 314-7958
Any student, faculty or staff member currently registered with the Accessibility and Disability Service (ADS) may also register to use the Adaptive Technology Lab in McKeldin Library.
The Adaptive Technology Lab is a study, reading and work space in McKeldin Library that offers the following:
The Alternate Text Unit located in the Adaptive Technology Lab is responsible for converting and delivering course texts and exams for qualified students into the formats they require. Some of these are: Kurzweil files, audio files, large print versions, braille printouts, etc.
Note: Please be advised that students who are registered with the ADS and are eligible for Alternate Text services, are strongly encouraged to also register with the Adaptive Technology Lab to have all-hour access to the lab for coordination of this service and pick up completed materials.
After registering to use the ATLab, students, faculty and staff may use the lab whenever McKeldin Library is open. Appointments can be scheduled with the ATLab Coordinator to learn about different tools in the lab, to receive training and to develop technology-mediated learning strategies. The Coordinator can also help students develop technology-assisted learning strategies to maximize their learning. For students with attentional disabilities, the ATLab offers a less distracting environment as well as access to three study carrels in McKeldin Library. Students with reading and writing accommodations requiring technology assistance can schedule to take exams in the ATLab.
The lab is equipped with hardware and software technologies to accommodate and assist qualified students when they are working on their assignments or when taking exams.
ATLab accommodations cover a wide range of technologies including:
The most frequent ATLab users are students with print materials disabilities, such as individuals with vision disabilities, written expression disorders, reading disabilities, information processing or executive functioning disorders, and other disorders that impact reading or writing.
The ATLab is here to meet your learning needs. Are you a night owl or an early bird? The ATLab can be accessed whenever McKeldin Library is open. Do you need a place with fewer distractions where you can study? The ATLab has study carrels, white-noise generators and less foot traffic. The ATLab Coordinator and the Alternate Text Unit Coordinator can help you to devise technology-based solutions and learning strategies.
Registered ADS students with an adaptive technology accommodation will take their exams at the ATLab. For students whose accommodations qualify them for technology-assisted exams, they may schedule their exams using the ADS online student portal. Make sure to specify the technologies you need to use and choose either ATL1 or ATL2 as the room where you would like to take your exam.
Note: To facilitate the use of adaptive technologies for exams, your professors must provide exams to ADS in an accessible format (preferably a text file (created with a word processor) or a high-quality PDF file). If a hard copy of an exam is sent to ADS testing, the copy must be of high enough quality for the ATLab’s optical character recognizer to work. If an exam’s quality is insufficient to generate reliable conversion with OCR, a better copy will be requested from the instructor.
Note: Hard copies of exams for the ATLab must be received from professors at least 2 business days prior to scheduled exams.
For more information about the Adaptive Technology Lab: phone (301) 314-7958, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us in room 1103, McKeldin Library.
For more information about the Alternate Text Unit: phone (301) 314-7684, e-mail email@example.com, or visit us in room 1107, McKeldin Library.