We are here to support you and your faculty, ensuring equal access for you during any times that the University shifts to online class delivery. DSP understands that online learning may be a new experience for you. Here are some tips and resources to make your online learning both positive and productive:

Please reach out to your designated DSP Specialist (listed in your MyDSP portal) if you have specific needs or questions. Also, please take time to review the general information below, which may answer questions about your approved accommodations.

Notetaking Accommodations

Peer notetakers: Your role will continue as usual within the on-line setting.. If you provide notes via a digital medium such as MS Word we do not anticipate any change occurring, please continue to upload them per usual. If your notes are handwritten and scanned in, there are free options in the app store that will allow you to “scan” your notes by taking a picture of them through your smartphone and convert them to PDF for upload. CamScanner is one such app and you can read more regarding the app directly on their site. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Notetaking services directly at dspnotetaking@usc.edu.

Students receiving peer notes as an accommodation: We do not anticipate any service disruption or change in process. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Notetaking services directly at dspnotetaking@usc.edu.

Sonocent Users: Sonocent can be used simultaneously with online lectures. You may wish to utilize the Sonocent Link app, which will allow you to use the program from your smartphone and transfer the recording to your device at a later time via a USB cable. You can watch tutorials for the app here, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Notetaking services directly at dspnotetaking@usc.edu.

Notetake Express (NTE): We do not anticipate your service to be interrupted. You can utilize the NTE hub to record and upload directly from your device. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Notetaking services directly at dspnotetaking@usc.edu.

CART / Interpreting Services

Kathi Neuenschwander (DSP Sr. Specialist) will be contacting relevant faculty directly for consultation and support around course delivery and service provision.

For accommodations to take place, you will need to do the following:

  1. Find out from your professors which format your classes will be held (synchronously, asynchronously, or on-site).
  2. Let Kathi Neuenschwander know as soon as possible.
  3. Let your captioners or interpreters know as soon as possible.

Auto-transcription in Zoom

The University is currently a beta test site for the “live transcription” feature within Zoom. This is a useful tool and resource. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use and familiarize themselves with it. To learn more on how to use this feature, please review our Zoom Transcription Guide.

Accommodated Testing

For the Spring 2021 semester, the DSP Testing Center will operate remotely during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, and will provide remote proctoring services through Zoom.

Students approved for Testing Accommodations (ie: 1.5x, 2.0x, breaks during tests, etc.):

Students who plan to use their testing accommodations for quizzes, tests or exams, should make arrangements:

  • Directly with Faculty if your class will NOT be monitored by your instructor(s) during the exam.
  • Directly with DSP if your class will be monitored during the exam AND your instructor(s) are not able to monitor your exam due to accommodations.
  • Directly with DSP if you plan to use your approved accommodations that include a reader, scribe, text-to-speech, speech-to-text. These accommodations are only provided through DSP.

For instructions on how to schedule your exam(s) directly with DSP, please visit: https://dsp.usc.edu/current-dsp-students/auxiliary-services-information/accommodated-testing/. Please schedule your exam(s) at least one week before the exam date.

For more information about Testing Accommodations in an online setting, please visit: https://dsp.usc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2020/09/Online-Accommodated-Testing-For-Students.pdf