Delicate Balance Project Abstract Archive

This database stores some detail about delicate balance projects over the years.


        
 
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Student's Name: Oscar Hughes
Professor: Heather Keith
Year and Term: F12
Project Title: Learning Disability and Accommodations: Increasing Text-to-Speech Accessibility at Green Mountain College
Project Abstract:

At Green Mountain College, Calhoun Learning Center provides accommodations to students with learning disabilities.  Some students use assistive technology that reads books and documents out loud.  These technologies can translate PDFs from text to speech only if the documents are in a specific format.  Many of the documents that are being uploaded into moodle are not text-to-speech compatible.  I rescanned and formatted the PDFs in the Images of Nature master folder because I knew that many students would be required to read them.  There are many other documents in moodle that need rescanning.  You won’t be able to upload rescanned documents into moodle as a student, but a library staff person can help you.  Brenton Dupee helped me make the scans in the best possible quality.

 

The library owns a special book scanner for making clear documents.  If you speak to library staff you may be able to use it.  After you have rescanned, you can put them on a flash drive and upload them in Adobe Acrobat X Pro and format them as follows:

  1. Click the gear, choose Document Processing, then Optimize Scanned PDF
  2. A new button that looks like a scanner will show up on the tool bar at the top of the screen (it will most likely be the icon farthest to the right).  Click this new icon.
  3. Set Deskew to ON, check the box for Make PDF Searchable, and move the cursor to the center on the scale from Small Size to High Quality.
  4. After you press Accept, the document should be reformatted momentarily and then can be saved and uploaded.

 

After that they should be ready to go and can be sent to a staff member with an administrative moodle account.  If you’re interested in doing this project, I know that our Master’s degree program has many inaccessible documents.  I also sent an e-mail to all-faculty encouraging them to upload text-to-speech compatible documents.  I’m sure there could be more ways to help faculty promote learning disability access.

 

            Alongside this project I researched different perspectives of learning disability.  I took a medical/psychological approach and researched diagnoses and accommodations.  For the second part of my research I applied the social model to learning disability.  I also argued for a standpoint theory ethics perspective on disability.

 

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Student's Name: Ryan Laymon, Taylor Conley, Tyler Lawson
Professor: Karen Fleming
Year and Term: f12
Project Title: Social Unplug Challenge and Workshop
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Our mission was to encourage people to be more aware of both the positive and negative effects of plugged socializing (any non face-to-face communication, i.e: texting, email, and social networking cites). To achieve this, we asked students to take the challenge of turning off their phones, not using social networking cites, or email for a day. Through the challenge, we hoped participants would see the difference when they made it a point to meet in person with the people they wished to interact with rather than relying on impersonal technological devices. At the end of the day we held a workshop in the Coffee House. The workshop consisted of a number of activities: a trivia contest in which people had to answer questions about their facebook friends only using facebook as a resource, an open discussion in regards to the benefits and detriments of plugged communication, a briefing on conversation skills to encourage deeper conversations, a couple of brief, contrasting media clips to further elucidate plugged versus unplugged communication. We concluded the workshop by providing open ended questions on note cards for the participants to use to question and get to know one another better through face-to-face communication. My research focused on communicative technologies positive and negative effects on users’ psyches and the nature of interpersonal communication.

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Student's Name: Zoë Biehl
Professor: Heather Keith
Year and Term: F12
Project Title: Sustainable Music for Sustainable Students (And the Environment)
Project Abstract:

            Eighteen recordings of GMC students’ music were compiled into an album and made available online to download as an MP3—people who choose to download the album may donate money which goes directly to the music department. The album can be found here: www.greenmtnmusic.bandcamp.com The album should remain available online indefinitely.

            Research consisted of how community music can benefit individuals and communities as a whole, and how the internet has influenced and revolutionized the way the world accesses, distributes, shares, and creates music.

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