Unified Technology Support (UTS) labs provide the latest technology to Ball State students, faculty and staff at prime locations across campus. We have general use labs and an accessible technology lab for students with disabilities, and more.

UTS General Lab

UTS General Lab

Modified Hours

Effective November 25, the operating hours for SC 118 and SC 119 (General and Respondus Monitor Labs) will change as follows:

  • November 25: 9 a.m.–noon
  • November 26–29: Closed (Thanksgiving Break)
  • November 30–December 21: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday–Friday only)
  • December 22, 2020–January 18, 2021: Closed
    • Testing by appointment only. Call 285-5234 for scheduling.

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Located on the first floor of the Student Center (SC), across from the Tally, the SC 118 general use computer lab has computers that feature a variety of software applications for your use, including:

  • Microsoft Office 2019
  • SPSS Statistics 24
  • Windows 10
  • Respondus Monitor (SC 118 & SC 119 - For students without access to a computer for testing.)

Please note that this list is subject to change.

Library Computers

In addition to general lab seating in SC 118, students may use computers in Bracken Library for general computing needs such as accessing webmail or web browsing.

  • Each user must be a member of the Ball State University community, this includes Burris School and the Indiana Academy.
  • All users must have a Ball State username and password in order to login.
  • Files stored to the lab machines' hard disk drives will be deleted daily.
  • The labs are study areas. Please be considerate of others.
  • UTS lab facilities are to be used for academic purposes.
  • Please inform the lab assistant on duty of hardware/software difficulties. Users should not attempt to correct these problems themselves.
  • Lab personnel will not be responsible for personal items left in the labs.
  • Patrons are entitled to only one copy of their output. Please do not send multiple copies of the same document to the printer.
  • Obvious disregard of listed policies may result in loss of facility use privileges.

Accessible Technology Lab (ACT)

Modified Hours

Effective November 25, the operating hours for RB 168 (Accessible Technology Lab) will change as follows:

  • November 25: 8 a.m.–noon
  • November 26–29: Closed (Thanksgiving Break)
  • November 30–December 18: noon–5 p.m.
    •  Appointments can be made for 8 a.m.–noon (Monday–Friday only).
  • December 19, 2020–January 12, 2021: Closed
    • Appointments can be made for 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (Monday–Friday only).
  • January 13–15: noon–5 p.m.
    •  Appointments can be made for 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • January 18: Closed (MLK Holiday)

Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Accommodations and Services

The Accessible Technology (ACT) Lab provides a variety of services to students, faculty, or staff requiring adaptive assistance. Whether you have visual, learning, or physical disabilities that prohibit you from accessing a computer or course materials, the Accessible Technology Lab has something for you. The Accessible Technology Lab provides a variety of resources to all members of the Ball State community, living with disabilities, to accomplish career objectives and coursework.

Our program meets the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (The Americans with Disabilities Act) and is part of Ball State’s commitment to serving all Ball State faculty, staff and students with disabilities.

Students with disabilities may visit our lab in Robert Bell (RB) 168 or call 765-285-6124 to find the appropriate technical accommodations and resources available for them. The Accessible Technology Lab staff will assist students in reaching their academic goals while enhancing their learning experiences at Ball State.

Other Disability Services

The University also provides a full array of disability services available to all students, faculty, and staff. Please visit the Disability Services offices in the Student Center, Room 116, or the Disability Services website to find out more.

A wide array of services and equipment is available if you have visual impairments. Those with residual vision have access to closed circuit television systems. Large-print materials can be produced with a photocopying machine or a word processor. Screen magnification software is available on computers, as well as 19- to 21-inch monitors.

If you do not have usable vision, you can access Braille and tactile graphics production in our lab. Braille embossers may be used in conjunction with Braille translation software. There is a refreshable Braille display available in the primary Accessible Technology Lab.

Screen reading software is installed on computers to access on-screen information through the use of an array of voice synthesizers. Scanners with optical recognition software are available to access print information via speech.

A range of technology is available to facilitate access to computer technology whether your mobility impairments are manual dexterity limitations or complex quadriplegia. Some computer stations may be adjusted to the appropriate height for a comfortable level.

Other modified keyboards and trackballs are available if you have manual dexterity limitations, individual digit manipulation, and limited range of motion.

If you have little or no manual dexterity, the option of using voice recognition software, which allows for hands-free input, is available.

Several of the technologies available for persons with vision and mobility impairments are also of benefit to those with learning disabilities. For instance, scanning text into an electronic format, then having a voice synthesizer verbalize the information can increase cognition and retention. Altering computer and television screen colors and having the text highlighted as it is spoken assists with the reading process, and the full-color CCTV's are used by some persons with visual processing disorders to alter the color scheme of print materials.

Tactile graphics can also enhance the understanding of graphical information. Word prediction and completion software can be used to prompt those with learning disabilities and reduce typing and spelling errors.

Although computer adaptations are not generally needed by those with psychological disorders, the primary Accessible Technology Lab is available for your use. Many individuals find the smaller size of this lab and direct one-on-one support to be beneficial.

Resources

The Accessible Technology Lab has the following resources available. This table lists the available hardware or software and the disability for which it is intended.

Adaptive Hardware
Hardware Disability
Large character keyboard with optional key guard that is used by individuals with mobility impairments. Mobility Impairment
Braille embosser capable of creating double sided Braille output from computer documents. Visual Impairment
Trackball - mouse-like input device that utilizes a free-rolling ball for maximum control. Mobility Impairment
Closed circuit TV - magnification viewer with optional color variations. Visual Impairment,
Learning Disability
Refreshable Braille display that can be used with or as an alternative to voice output. Visual Impairment
Adaptive Software
Software Disability
Speech recognition software Learning Disability,
Mobility Impairment
Braille translation software Learning Disability,
Visual Impairment
Screen reading software for MS Windows Visual Impairment
Kurzweil optical character recognition (OCR) scanner that converts printed material into an electronic format Learning Disability,
Visual Impairment
Screen magnification software which magnifies text and images on the screen Visual Impairment

Lab Staff Directory

Assistant Director of Unified Technology Support

Marchal Hudson

Office: BL 101
Phone: 765-285-3042

General Labs
765-285-7876 | SC 118

Melissa Sorrell
Manager, UTS Labs
Office: LB 113
Phone: 765-285-5234

The Accessible Technology Lab
285-8275 | RB 168

Nick Baumgartner
Manager, ACT Lab
Office: RB 169
Phone: 765-285-6124