COVID-19: Personal Technology Solutions
We recognize that being away from campus may mean being away from resources that you are familiar with such as an appropriate work area at the library, or various software used during exams. We also recognize that working online can bring on new challenges too.
The OSD has prepared a Personal Technology Solutions page to help you find digital tools to support the online learning experience. They are grouped into categories to help you find what you are looking for. Please note that we have not tested all of these solutions, and are simply highlighting them as possibilities you may want to explore. Please email our alex.iugan [at] mcgill.ca (IT Support Technician) if you need assistance.
Tutorial Services hosts a wide range of learning strategy resources and supports for you to check out. You can also look on your faculty's website, or the Teaching and Learning Services website to find additional supports.
Here are some quick technology resources you can access without making an appointment.
- Apps and software for writing - These are the slides from our workshop on Apps and Software to aid in writing. It offers some alternatives to Microsoft word along with some applications that can help organize and simplify your notes.
- Organizing your digital clutter - Here are the slides from another one of our workshops devoted to organizing your notes in a digital environment. It focuses on note-taking applications as well as other useful tools like reference library managers.
- Self regulation through assistive technology- These slides are from our workshop about using assistive technology to self regulate so you can stay organized and accomplish tasks.
Access Technology Support
If you use adaptive computer technology or need help in learning how to use technology to access your learning environment or work more effectively with oral or print information, please contact ouralex.iugan [at] mcgill.ca ( IT Support Technician).
Students who are registered with the OSD can make an appointment for technical consultation on how to use a specific program or application by calling emailing our front reception at disabilities.students [at] mcgill.ca.
Please note that during this time, we are conducting all student appointments at a distance via platforms such as Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Other resources on campus
Adapted workstations equipped with scanners, screen readers and large print software may be found at the following locations:
- McLennan Library Reference
- Howard Ross Management Library
- Education Library
- Music Library
- Health Sciences Library
- Schulich Library of Science and Engineering
There are also a variety of digital voice recorders, laptops and other devices available for loan to all McGill students from Instructional Multimedia Services (IMS) Audiovisual Services located in Room 22 of the Redpath Library.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and in accordance with the Quebec government directive, the University is suspending all in-person events. As such, public spaces such as those listed above, are currently closed. We encourage you to consult the slide decks above for information on how to access technology from home.