[Athen] Alternative Format

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at asu.edu
Tue Apr 20 15:35:33 PDT 2010

Hi, Carol. All students who receive alt format materials from us sign a
user agreement stating that they will not redistribute any materials
they receive from us. I then deliver electronic materials via
YouSendIt, which has cut down considerably on my need to burn CDs. I do
not ask for the materials to be returned. My opinion is that if the
student has purchased the book, they have the right to keep the alt
format version the same way any other student would keep the print copy
for future reference if they so choose. Note, however, that most of the
materials students are receiving from me are being converted in-house; I
currently am not acquiring materials through AccessText, so I am not
referring to publisher-supplied files here.

Hope this helps,
Teresa LW Haven, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Alternate Format Program
Disability Resource Center
Arizona State University


From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Carol Raymundo
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 3:27 PM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] Alternative Format

I am wondering how you all distribute textbook files to students who use
alternative formats? Do you still have them check out CD's for the term?
Or do you allow them to have electronic access to the files (e-mail or
FTP like sites)? When I first starting working in my current position my
manager was certain we had to stick with the CD check-out system. I am
looking to see if this has changed. What stops the students from moving
the files to their computers?

Any thoughts on this would be helpful. I spend a lot of time making CD's
and tracking their return! Will this trend change when Access Text opens
their file sharing portal?

Carol Raymundo
Instructional Specialist with Assistive Technology
Linn-Benton Community College
Office of Disability Services
Phone: 541-917-4832
Fax: 541-917-4328

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