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Four year old laptop

Hi all

So I have had approval from sfe that I am eligible for dsa. I have filled in the forms from study tech and it's waiting for them to have a look at now although the scale thing was hard to work out.

Anyways I currently have an 4 year old hp pavilion that's 8gb ram and 256gb storage and I have rated it at average condotion. I am not bothered if I don't get a laptop but I am.wonderong what the criteria is for age..also I don't know if I would want a laptop at a lower spec. I am doing open uni course which will last 6 years so the laptpp will be 10 years old by that point.

I have a question what sort of things are provides for ou students who are deaf as I would imagine the usually things like speech to text wouldn't apply due to not going in lectures..although there are tutorials onlibe which I may struggle with note taking and trying to hear at the same time.

Thank you
Original post by caitlinreads
Hi all
So I have had approval from sfe that I am eligible for dsa. I have filled in the forms from study tech and it's waiting for them to have a look at now although the scale thing was hard to work out.
Anyways I currently have an 4 year old hp pavilion that's 8gb ram and 256gb storage and I have rated it at average condotion. I am not bothered if I don't get a laptop but I am.wonderong what the criteria is for age..also I don't know if I would want a laptop at a lower spec. I am doing open uni course which will last 6 years so the laptpp will be 10 years old by that point.
I have a question what sort of things are provides for ou students who are deaf as I would imagine the usually things like speech to text wouldn't apply due to not going in lectures..although there are tutorials onlibe which I may struggle with note taking and trying to hear at the same time.
Thank you

Hi - so OU tutorials are on AdobeConnect, which I think might have live transcribing - if not however the tutorials are recorded (unless stated otherwise) and do get transcribed automatically - so you can watch them back later with subtitles.

Regarding your laptop - I am sure it will be fine. Depending on the degree you are doing you might need more - but for reference I am studying Physics, and I do most of it on a Thinkpad x220 from 2011.

Most of the OU material is either given to you via text (books or on the module websites), embeded videos (with transcriptions/subtitles, and group work is done via the forum (unless it is a task done in person, though I am sure they will accomodate your needs appropriately).

Happy studying :biggrin:
Original post by caitlinreads
Hi all
So I have had approval from sfe that I am eligible for dsa. I have filled in the forms from study tech and it's waiting for them to have a look at now although the scale thing was hard to work out.
Anyways I currently have an 4 year old hp pavilion that's 8gb ram and 256gb storage and I have rated it at average condotion. I am not bothered if I don't get a laptop but I am.wonderong what the criteria is for age..also I don't know if I would want a laptop at a lower spec. I am doing open uni course which will last 6 years so the laptpp will be 10 years old by that point.
I have a question what sort of things are provides for ou students who are deaf as I would imagine the usually things like speech to text wouldn't apply due to not going in lectures..although there are tutorials onlibe which I may struggle with note taking and trying to hear at the same time.
Thank you

what was the model of the basic laptop that studytech offered you?
Original post by _Orangutan_
what was the model of the basic laptop that studytech offered you?

I haven't had my assessment yet I sent back the form they requested the same day as I posted on here..
Hi Caitlinreads

I am an OU student myself ( since 2017 / 18 ), I have aspergers and adhd and asked the OU if I could have the printed materials as it allows me to read through the materials in my own time and without having a computer or phone screen shining in my face, especially at night when I get the best opportunities to study with neighbourly disturbances.

The tutorials are live on the day & date they take place but the tutors do record them so if you cannot attend the tutorial the recording is always available for you to go through at your own pace. I think they do have an automatic transcription but I would still advise asking your tutor / student support team regarding this.

Regarding your computer / laptop, up until December 2023 I was using a HP Compaq CQ61 laptop with windows 7 home and student loaded onto it but I think since 2020 or 2021, the computing requirements for modules ( not sure if it applies to all modules ) is windows 10 or above but having said that, even when those requirements were introduced, I was still using windows 7 as my tutors did say that because the modules I am doing involve mathematics in various forms and as long as the symbols were correct I was permitted to carry on using windows 7, that was until late November early December last year when various functions took ages to complete due to a slow processor speed.

I now have an Acer Aspire 3 which I got from curry's pc world which has windows 10 or 11 on it but I'm afraid I am not sure how much dsa will offer towards a laptop.

Hope this helps but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

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