[Athen] Alternative Format

Pielaet, Jon jon.pielaet at mso.umt.edu
Tue Apr 20 23:34:34 PDT 2010


Most of our students are using DAISY players like the Victor Reader
Stream, so we supplied the alt. format directly on an SD card. Some
students prefer CDs while others want electronic delivery. We do all

Electronic delivery is done via a webserver that authenticates the
student by their own unique username and password. (This is used campus
wide for all online services) It's a good system.

If a student picks up any physical material; an SD card, CD, or book we
have them sign out the material just so we have a record of it and we
don't ask that students return the media at the end of the term.

We make an effort to educate our students about applicable copyright
restrictions on the media we produce, but at the end of the day it is up
to them to follow the law. If you think about it, having them return the
media is pointless because they could have already copied it.

That's why we see education as the best practice.

Good Luck,


Jon P. Pielaet

Program Assistant for Instructional Materials

Disability Services for Students

Emma B. Lommasson 154

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812


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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Carol Raymundo
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 4:27 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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