Inclusive learning software

Inclusive learning software is available for students and staff to make learning and engaging more accessible in the modern digital world.

Read&Write

This software is available on all student computers. You can find the icon on the desktop. To download the software on your own personal computer, go to the Student Software Download website.

Staff can download this software from the VUW Software Centre which is listed in the Start menu on your PC. This software is available on the Staff Download website to install on your own personal computer.

To book a session to learn more about Read&Write visit the Discover Inclusive Learning Software booking page.

Read&Write is a software toolbar that makes documents, web pages, and office applications more accessible. You can easily create, correct and access content.

The software includes the following features:

  • scanning text
  • having web pages, emails, and documents read to you
  • converting text to mp3s for reviewing on the move
  • proofreading lengthy reports; and
  • features for writing and research tasks.

A wide group of students and staff at the University have found this software useful, particularly researchers, those with English as a second language, those with disabilities such as specific learning disabilities, ADHD, audio processing disability, and Autism.

Read our user guide for Read&Write.

Watch a quick introduction to Read&Write on Blackboard.

EquatIO

If you are a student and think this software will be beneficial for you, please make an appointment with your Disability and Inclusion Adviser.

EquatIO is a maths and chemical formula and equation support tool. It can create equations and formula using natural typed, written, or spoken language, and place them into your documents; you can work directly with LaTeX, or even convert a picture of an equation into an editable version.

This software includes the following features:

  • equation editing
  • handwriting recognition
  • speech input
  • graph visualisation; and
  • STEM tools.

Students with specific learning disabilities, ADHD, audio processing disability, and difficulty reading/writing numbers have found this software beneficial.

Read our user guide for EquatIO.

Glean

If you are a student and think this software will be beneficial for you, please make an appointment with your Disability and Inclusion Adviser.

Glean is a digital note taking software that boosts your ability to learn and build knowledge from your courses.  Glean records audio notes so you can capture and learn from information more effectively.

This software includes the following features:

  • Record the audio of a note taking session
  • synchronise written notes with precisely what they are about
  • tag and categorise the important bits
  • insert unknown definitions and pictures
  • tools and straegies to get the most out of revision.

Students who have difficulty with attention, concentration, organisation, or information overload have found this software beneficial.

Watch a quick Introduction to Glean.

Watch a recording of a Glean training webinar.

For more short guide videos visit the official Glean skills portal.