Welcome to the SETT Online Workshop
Welcome to the Ready SETT Go! Virtual Team Meeting! In this four-week workshop, you
will learn about a process of selecting assistive technology for students with
disabilities. The workshop will be organized around the SETT Framework (Student,
Environments, Tasks, and Tools)--a framework for selecting assistive technology for
students with disabilities--developed by the workshop leader, Joy Zabala. The central
component of this workshop is a Virtual Team Meeting, during which you will model the
process of people with different roles and perspectives coming together to discuss and
make decisions about assistive technology. Together we will review and analyze a case of a
hypothetical student, and use the SETT Framework in order to make recommendations for a
system of tools and strategies which match the student's needs, abilities, and tasks.
There will be approximately 25 participants in the workshop, including Joy Zabala, the
workshop facilitator. In addition, NCIP staff will be "on hand" to support the
process. Requests for technical assistance can be directed to Denise Ethier, the telecommunications
administrator (email: DeniseE@edc.org; phone: (617) 969-7100 x2422). You may also post
questions concerning technical issues or the workshop process to the SETT Tips & Talk
Conference. You may want to use the Tips & Talk Conference to get acquainted with the
HyperNews conferencing system by practicing navigation, posting, and replying.
Our expectation is that all registrants will actively participate in workshop
activities and discussions. This involves reading the background and explanatory materials
and making frequent contributions to the discussions. Throughout the workshop, Joy will be
providing feedback and commentary. There will be some supplemental resource materials that
you may choose to read in conjunction with the background materials.
Note that in addition to registered participants, there will be "visitors" to
the workshop. Most of the reading materials will be available to visitors. The SETT
discussions and the evolving SETT Framework will be accessible to them for reading only,
not for posting.
Navigating the Workshop
A toolbar at the bottom of each page will help you navigate the SETT pages.
On the toolbar, you will find:
NCIP home will take you to the NCIP home page.
SETT home will take you to the first page of the SETT Workshop.
SETT Guide will take you to the table of contents of this guide.
SETT Framework icon will link you to the working document of the SETT Framework chart
as it evolves during the Virtual Meeting.
Discussions icon, when used from the toolbar, will take you to a menu of all the SETT
discussions. From the reading materials, this link will take you to the discussion that is
relevant to the material you are reading.
In all, there are nine conference areas. Listed in order of use, they are:
· Tips & Talk: A general discussion area for posting technical questions
and general comments. This is the conference to use when you want to post test messages in
order to learn the conferencing system.
· Virtual Introductions: For the posting of participant introductions.
· Selecting AT: For the posting of messages related to your experiences
selecting assistive technology.
· Team Meeting Directions & Reflections: For announcements, explanations,
and questions that arise during the "Virtual Team Meeting" (Weeks 2 and 3 of the
· There are four conference areas for posting data related to the Case Study:
· Wrapping Up: For the posting of your thoughts about the content and process
of the workshop.
NOTE: Instructions for using the conferencing system have been distributed in hard
copy, and are available in electronic format by using the link in the Table of Contents of
the SETT Guide or from the Help button within the discussion conferences.
There are also icons used throughout the SETT pages to help you navigate through the
workshop. These are:
READ icon. This icon indicates reading material.
Joy's Comments icon. This icon points to further explanation or commentary by the
workshop facilitator. In most cases, you will have to select Joy's comments in order to
Continue icon. Follow this link to continue through the reading material.
· Week 1: Preparing for the Virtual Team Meeting
(November 1-November 8)
· Week 2: The Virtual Team Meeting: Data Gathering
(November 8-November 15)
· Week 3: The Virtual Team Meeting: Analysis
(November 15-November 25)
· Week 4: Wrapping Up
Week 1: Preparing for the Virtual Team Meeting
November 1-November 8
Tip: Set your bookmark for the Preparing Menu.
· Building Community
· Background Materials and Resources
· Case Study
For those of you who want to get started a bit early (and we encourage you to do
so!), most of the workshop materials will be up by October 30.
This week is intended to help participants get to know one another and build a sense of
community. We'll talk about our backgrounds and our prior experiences with assistive
technology. During this preparation week you will have an opportunity to learn more about
the goals and process of the workshop, become familiar with the online environment, and
learn about the SETT Framework which will guide our Virtual Team Meeting.
Checklist for Week 1:
· Read Joy's Welcome message
· Become familiar with the workshop process by reading the Guide and trying the
· Go to the Tips
& Talk Conference and practice posting a message or two.
· Read Joy's introduction and
post your own introduction to Virtual
· Link the message containing the introduction you posted to Virtual Introductions to
your name. Instructions on how to do this will be posted in Tips & Talk. If you wish,
feel free to contact Denise Ethier
when you have posted your introduction, and she will link it for you.
· Read the Background Materials.
· Post a description of an experience you have had selecting assistive technology to
the Selecting AT
· Read the case study and prepare to
add data to the Framework. (Hard copies of the case study and the Framework will be mailed
to participants.) Tip: Make notes on the hardcopy version of the Framework chart
· Post any questions or reflections on the readings to the Tips & Talk
Week 2 & 3: The Virtual Team Meeting-Working with SETT
Data Gathering: November 8-November 15
Analysis: November 15-November 25
Tip: Set your bookmark for the Team Meeting Menu
Using the hypothetical case as the basis for our Virtual Team Meeting, we will first
gather data on the Student, Environments and Tasks. A hard copy of the case and the
Framework has been sent to you so that you can jot down notes as you read through the
case. Questions about the case can be posted to the Team Meeting Directions and
Reflections conference. Then, Joy will lead off the discussion for each of the components
of the Framework in their respective conference. Add your data to the Framework chart by
posting to the discussion and replying to other participants' postings.
Joy and the NCIP staff will extract the key data from these postings and add them to
the chart. The evolving chart can be viewed by following the Framework icon on the
toolbar. The data on the chart will be linked back to the original message in the
During the third week, we will review the overall Framework and begin a discussion of
the assistive technology tools that we might recommend for the student in our case. Joy
will lead us in a discussion, first of features of potential high, low, and no tech tools,
and then of specific products and the training and support that must be an integral part
of the introduction and implementation of the technology. You can make recommendations and
react to other's recommendations, and discuss issues of training, support, instructional,
and technical strategies and implications of these suggestions in the Tools conference.
Checklist for Weeks 2 and 3:
Post any questions you may have about the case study to the Team Meeting Directions and
Add data to each of the four components of the Framework by posting messages to each of
the conference areas:
Week 4: Wrapping Up
During the last several days of the workshop, we will reflect on the selection process,
on the use of the SETT Framework, and on the experience of this online workshop. We will
also discuss ways to expand upon and continue this "virtual meeting" format.
Checklist for Week 4:
· Contribute your reflections on the workshop to the Wrapping Up discussion.
· Fill out the evaluation form on the workshop and send to NCIP.