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Would you like an audio version of the course textbook to listen to? Well, a true audio version is not available but you can have a web browser read it aloud for you using the ChromeVox extension for the Chrome web browser. Though made for the visually impaired, a screen reader may be valuable to sighted learners who would rather listen to a presentation than read a textbook. The video below demonstrates the ChromeVox extension once it has been installed in Chrome.

Get Google’s Chrome browser here.

Get the ChromeVox extension here.


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One of the most difficult aspects of learning, especially if it is done online, is staying on task and not procrastinating. In addition to the your course calendar and outline, there are several useful web resources to help you succeed in the course. Here is a link to a variety of study strategies and resources you might find useful.

Here is a link to a site that offers suggestions for getting and keeping yourself organized.

“Getting Things Done” is a recent movement in approaches to personal productivity. The blog site site below specializes in finding and sharing applications and approaches to getting your work done.

I’m a big fan of free or low-cost software. I find web apps particularly useful as I am often working at a variety of different computers and need “universal” access to my files. Here’s an article with suggested apps for students:

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