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SuperNova for Trainers Course

Overview

Welcome to the SuperNova for Trainers Course.

If you are an Assistive Technology Trainer or simply someone seeking a more in-depth knowledge of the SuperNova and Dolphin ScreenReader editions, then this course is for you.

This course is presented through a series of bite-size lessons made up of video and text instruction. Its aim is to give you the confidence to know you have a clear understanding of the magnification and screen reading options available with SuperNova and Dolphin ScreenReader.

It is strongly recommended you download and install the latest version of SuperNova Magnifier & Screen Reader onto a computer running the Windows 10 or Windows 11 operating system prior to starting this course. This will enable you to complete the exercises scattered throughout the course, giving you the chance to reinforce your learning through practical hands-on experience using the product.

The installation of SuperNova Magnifier & Screen Reader is recommended because it contains the full feature set. This is discussed in more detail in the opening lesson of the course.

Course Objectives

After studying this course, you will be able to:

  • Correctly name the four magnification and screen reader programs available from Dolphin and state their install methods and supported operating systems.
  • Correctly state the major features available with each of the four magnification and screen reader programs and describe the level of visual impairment to which each program is suited. 
  • Clearly describe the purpose, drawbacks and benefits of the major magnification and screen reader features available within the programs to a high level of professional competency.
  • Correctly name five free resources available to you that will enable you to further your knowledge of Dolphin’s magnification and screen reader programs.

Introduction

This course contains twenty bite-size lessons and ends with a quiz, which is marked. In each lesson, there are three sample questions, which you should try to answer as you proceed through the course. Each lesson should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

Certification

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to request a Dolphin Certificate of Achievement. The certificate confirms you have completed this course and passed the end of course quiz, providing you with a well-earned record of your accomplishment.

The certificate is free of charge, but we do ask you to complete a short course survey.

You will have the opportunity to request the certificate and complete the survey when you have passed the assessment. The certificate will be presented to you in an email and will be sent to the contact details you provide.

Keyboard Commands

Lessons in this course reference keyboard commands. These keyboard commands refer to the UK English keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts may not correspond exactly to the documented keys.

Where keyboard commands are stated, a plus sign (+) means that you need to press multiple keys at the same time. For example, ALT + F means you must hold down the ALT key and while it is held down, press the F key before releasing both keys. When a comma sign (,) appears in a keyboard command it means you press the keys in sequence. For example, ALT, F means you tap the ALT key and then tap the F key.

It is important to have a basic understanding of your keyboard layout and how to use the keyboard to work and navigate in Windows to complete this course. If this is unfamiliar to you then please consider spending time learning your keyboard layout before embarking on this course.

Hotkey Sets

The lessons in this course reference two different hotkeys. The hotkeys come from the two most popular hotkey sets used with SuperNova and Dolphin ScreenReader.

These are:

  • The Desktop Default NumPad Set.
    This hotkey set is based upon a standard Windows plugin keyboard and makes use of both the numeric keypad and the main keyboard for its hotkey assignments. This is the most popular hotkey set. You will find the keyboard assignments for this hotkey set described in the videos and throughout the text of each lesson.
  • The Laptop Universal Set.
    This hotkey set is based upon a standard inbuilt laptop keyboard layout without a numeric keypad and makes use of only the main keyboard layout for its hotkey assignments. You can find the keyboard assignments for this alternative hotkey set described within the text of each lesson.

If the instructions in the lesson state only one hotkey, then this means the keyboard assignment is the same in both hotkey sets.

You can review your current assignment in the SuperNova and Dolphin ScreenReader "Keyboard Settings" dialog box.

To do this:

  1. Open the SuperNova or Dolphin ScreenReader Control Panel.
  2. Open the "General" menu, open the "Keyboard Settings" submenu and select "Keyboard" (ALT + G, K, K).

SuperNova for Trainers Workbook

To compliment your learning and understanding of SuperNova, there is a supplementary document available.

The SuperNova for Trainers Course Exercise and Reference Workbook contains exercises that you will carry out during your progression through this course. Exercises should be undertaken when prompted to do so.

Please click here to download the SuperNova for Trainers Workbook.

Dates

Publication date: 29 November 2022

 

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Available Lessons

The lessons below are available. If any are highlighted red, you don't yet have access to that lesson module.
Continue through each module in turn and complete the End of Lesson form to unlock the quiz.

Neill McBride is the Product Training Specialist at Dolphin Computer Access.

Neill, who is visually impaired, writes and delivers training on all Dolphin products. He's a strong advocate for life-long learning, and encourages people to take time to learn something new each day.

In his spare time, Neill enjoys relaxing and listening to books.

Course Author

Neill McBride

Product Training Specialist

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