[Athen] Followup on technology images

Thompson, Rachel rsthompson2 at ua.edu
Thu Jul 2 06:52:01 PDT 2015

We are now installing ZoomText on all the computers available for students to use on campus. It is installed by campus IT groups on the 15 or so images used throughout computer classrooms, computer lab, and library public computer. We have a licensing server running on a virtual machine in our central IT group and we pay for 10 concurrent licenses (for a campus of 36,000 students).

We are looking into doing something similar with JAWS, but our IT group has some issues with how its licensing server software needs to be installed (won’t run on a virtual, I think).

Some campus areas are talking about virtualizing desktops, but are facing issues with network capabilities and initial cost.

I would love to hear more about how others are making assistive technology available campus-wide.

Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility
Center for Instructional Technology
University of Alabama

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Even with license servers and site licenses usually we need to install the software on each machine image. We are currently looking into Virtual Desktops, which we hope to avoid the need to install, update, and maintain the software on individual machines.


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Subject: [Athen] Followup on technology images

Hi all. I have received some really good feedback from folks regarding imaging campus wide library and lab computers with the technology image of JAWS, Zoom Text, etc. Thanks! This particular comment caught my eye - "We have central server licenses for JAWS that all labs and libraries can access, and distribute K3000 firefly, R&W Gold, and Zoom Text/Magic licenses throughout. I met with a R&W Gold rep this afternoon and he acknowledged this is how they operate.

Instead of asking for all computers to be imaged with the accessible software suite, have others placed the specific software on a General Image accessible by all students at the university? If so, any pointers on how this was managed and feedback on the feasibility of it?



Bryon Kluesner, RhD
Adaptive Technology Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
Adjunct Faculty
College of Health, Education & Professional Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave., Dept. 2953
Chattanooga, TN 37403

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