UPDATES FROM PROJECT EXCEL

 
 

Tips for managing screen fatigue in online classes

Excessive screen time can damper productivity and cause headaches or eye strain.  Consider these tips for avoiding screen fatigue while keeping up with your online classes.

Take breaks

    • It is important to break up screen time to allow your eyes (and mind!) a chance to rest. 
    • Try the Pomodoro method: set a timer for 25 minutes and concentrate on a task without interruption.  When the alarm goes off, reset the timer for a 5-minute screen break.  Repeat this cycle 4 times, then take a longer break (20-60 minutes depending on your energy and workload).
    • If you find that these time increments do not work for you, adjust as necessary, maintaining the principle of taking frequent breaks from looking at your screen.

Plan screen time strategically

    • While your class schedule and personal commitments may dictate when you are able to do your work, try to design your study schedule to reduce screen time at the end of the day when your eyes are more tired.

Adjust your screen settings

    • The default display settings on your computer can sometimes be straining. 
    • On a PC: check out the Night Light feature, which allows you to display “warmer” colors at certain times of day to reduce blue light.
    • On a Mac: try switching to Dark Mode to reduce screen brightness.
    • Try downloading f.lux, which adapts your screen brightness to the time of day.
    • Increase your scale settings to enlarge all text that appears on your screen.

Use dictation and read-aloud

Consider light-blocking products

    • Some students benefit from products like blue light screen overlays, tinted lenses, or simply wearing sunglasses while looking at screens. 
    • We recommend you consult with an eye doctor before using any new products.
 
 
 
WELCOME
 
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to working closely with you. Due to COVID-19 some of our processes will look different this fall. Most of our professional tutoring services will be provided remotely. The Time Management sessions will be a blend of remote and in person. Watch your MSJ email in mid-August. We will email you your Plan Your Work form which will contain details about your tutoring schedule and time management sessions. For other services, our office will be open by appointment. Please email Becky or Loraine to schedule an appointment.
 
The process to request accommodations is the same as previous semesters. Please complete and submit the accommodation forms located on this page. While many of your tests and quizzes will be on-line, it will still be necessary to request your accommodations. 
 
Wishing you a successful semester!
 
Stacy 
 
Just a reminder...
 
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Project EXCEL provides reasonable academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to you, at no charge, based on your individual needs. Click on the links on this page to access the forms you need to request alternate texts, note-takers, and test accommodations. Please let us know if you need assistance.
 
Project EXCEL goes above and beyond the free academic adjustments and auxiliary aids provided to you under the Rehabilitation Act. Project EXCEL provides academic support through weekly tutoring by professional staff, time management sessions, and academic counseling. Your Project EXCEL fees pay for these extra services. Please take advantage of these resources!
 
MyMount and MSJ email also provides you with up-to-date information about services and events that will prove helpful to you throughout the year. Check myMount and your MSJ email often.
 
Have a great year!

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PROJECT EXCEL CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATES!!!

 

Have a PDF document read to you by the computer

All campus computers are equipped with Read & Write software and Adobe Acrobat Professional! Use these programs to read documents aloud. After opening your PDF document:
 
For Read & Write:
  1. Open Read & Write software by clicking on the "rw puzzle piece" icon
  2. On the toolbar, click PDF
  3. Find the PDF file you would like to be read and click to open
  4. Use the toolbar to hear the document

For Adobe Acrobat reader:

  1. In the Adobe toolbar, click on VIEW.
  2. In the down down menu, click on READ OUT LOUD.
  3. In the side menu, click on ACTIVATE READ OUT LOUD. 

Asstistive Technology Solutions & Accessibility Options

Tools for students:

Read & Write, Gold edition
Read & Write is a screen reading software available on all campus computers and compatible for download to personal computers through myMount.

To access on MyMount:

  1. Access the Read and Write Take Home Version section of the Software page underneath Technology. You will need to be logged in to myMount to access this content.
  2. Follow installation instructions for your Mac or PC computer

Features of Read & Write, Gold edition:

  • Reads PDF documents, Word documents and internet web pages through the use of a tool bar at the top of your screen
  • Additional tools available for organizing study materials and retrieving information
  • Manage settings through tool bar
  • Instructional videos for each tool bar feature

Adobe Reader screen reading program

  • Supports students in reading and study skills across multiple disciplines
  • Reads PDF documents
  • Highlight text to be read and go to View’ Read Out Loud, Activate Read Out Loud
  • Manage settings through tool bar
  • Available on all campus computers
  • Program support available in User Guide (screen reader compatible PDF format)

To use:

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat
  2. Go to View menu choice.
  3. Click on the last selection Activate Read Out Loud. Choose Read to End of Document in next menu
  4. Click where you would like the reading to begin. Adobe “chunks” the material by drawing a box around each paragraph.
  5. Students can’t choose the reader voice.

CCTV

  • Magnifies instructional material including graphs and charts from print based sources
  • Facilitates access to material presented on a blackboard or projection screen
  • Place material to be magnified under projector
  • Available for use in the Learning Center

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader

  • Enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen
  • Permits users to hear what is being done in all applications
  • Magnifies and reads information back
  • Allows students to utilize two monitors to expand the magnified view
  • Available on computers in the Scholar Center

Color Contrast, Large Print Keyboard

  • ZoomText Keyboard
  • For users who struggle to see lettering on the keyboard
  • 36-point text and high-contrast color scheme
  • Eighteen dedicated buttons allow users to instantly start ZoomText functions
  • Available on computers in the Learning Center

Microsoft
Offers some accessibility tools. EX: Narrator, Magnifier, On-Screen Keyboard, High Contrast

  1. You can find by clicking All Programs-Accessories – Ease of Access-Ease of Access center to see all tools
  2. Narrator
  3. A menu pops up. Follow directions to enable. Only one female voice available.
  4. Choose Voice Settings on menu for speed, volume, and pitch.

Alternate Text and resources

Read & Write, Adobe Reader or Note Pad. E-textbooks can be used in several different ways. With special software such as screen readers or document readers, e-text can be audibly "read" by a computer. E-text may also be converted into MP3 files, which can play on any computer or portable MP3 playing device.

Alternative Text Resources:

Bookshare

Bookshare is an online community that enables scanned books to be shared, thereby eliminating significant duplication of effort. Bookshare takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled. Copyrighted books are only available for download in the specialized formats of digital Braille (BRF) and the digital talking book format (DAISY), and are only available to people with disabilities that have provided certification of disability. A downloadable copy of the computer software application for reading the DAISY format digital books, called Victor Reader Soft Bookshare.org Edition is included in Bookshare.org membership. The text is displayed on the screen, so it can be read with the adaptive features of the Victor Reader Soft. A student with low vision can use screen-enlarging software to read the material. In combination with screen reader software such as JAWS or Window-Eyes, the book can be listened to with Text to Speech, in a synthetic voice. Cost for book downloads and alternative players as well as the account application are listed on the website.

Website (https://www.bookshare.org/cms/)

Access Text Network

The AccessText Network is a membership exchange network that facilitates and supports the nationwide delivery of alternative files for students with diagnosed print-related disabilities. AccessText provides these textbooks by leveraging an online database powered by Intuit QuickBase® and incorporating publisher-provided information on thousands of textbook titles. Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Higher Education Committee serves the needs and interests of AAP members who publish for the post-secondary educational market. The committee works in a variety of ways to inform the media, the higher education community including faculty, administrators, college students and their families, and the general public about an industry that is producing the finest higher education instructional materials in the world.

The AccessText Network is supported by post-secondary institutions as well as member publishers.

Website (http://accesstext.org/)

Forms

You must be a Project EXCEL student and logged in to myMount to access the forms listed below.

Faculty Staff Resources

Office hours are:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday

Stacy Mueller


Director, Project EXCEL
513-244-4623

Becky Noble

Coordinator, Project EXCEL
Rebecca.Noble@msj.edu
(513)244-4859

Loraine Delaney

Administrative Assistant, Project EXCEL
Loraine.Delaney@msj.edu
(513) 244-4768