[Athen] Dragon vs Microsoft Dictate

Travis Roth travis at travisroth.com
Fri Nov 1 11:23:35 PDT 2019

For what it is worth, Apple’s new Voice Control feature in iOS 13, not to be confused with the earlier dictating into edit fields option, can be used without an internet connection.

Not sure about using it on MacOS. But on iOS I have turned on Airplane mode and used Voice Control successfully. It seems to manage ok considering I’ve never done a Dragon-style voice training with it.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Erik Ferguson
Sent: Friday, November 1, 2019 12:47 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Dragon vs Microsoft Dictate

To tell you the truth, we also have moved to Google Voice Typing/Google docs for most speech recognition needs. I also noticed a similar dictation tool for office 365 but we use it less at our institution and yes, you need to be online and yes this is a potential problem. We have asked IT to create sort of dedicated "dummy"email accounts for this log in purpose but this is against their policy. Ultimately we allow students to log in ask them to not access other material and proctor via camera or eyes on. About the Windows tool though. Its not that bad if you DONT BYPASS interactive tutorial and use a USB headset. The interactive tutorial is a essentially a requirement for active use. This would require prep before a test either in the testing center or via a laptop provided "clean" to the testing center and set up in advance. There is no easy solution here that I know of. This is a problem for other accommodations as well, more and more AT requires online access. Where are our engineers and software developers out there? We have a project for you! Happy Friday!

On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 12:05 PM Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) <hunziker at email.arizona.edu <mailto:hunziker at email.arizona.edu> > wrote:

Hi all,

We often have students request voice input/recognition for exam accommodations. We were relying on Dragon until we discovered and implemented the Dictate option within Microsoft Word. The Dictate option worked great because it was easy to find and use, didn't require another software to have open for exams and it worked for pretty much anyone that used it, in a way they are familiar with - turn it on and talk.

Now, for a few hiccups:

1. The plugin for Office 2016 is no longer available and no longer works
2. The option is not available for Office 2019
3. Office 365 has it but Internet access is required to use the feature (as we all know, not a good choice for exam situations).
4. MS says to use the Dictation (Windows Speech Recognition) built into Windows 10 but this still has the same issues with recognition results that I've seen in the past.

So, we are back to the planning stage and wanted to reach out to see what is being used in other units for exams and voice input. Thoughts?


Dawn Hunziker
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