Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice recognition software that allows users to dictate text and commands into their computer. This can be a great tool for higher education because it can simplify the writing process and help improve reading/writing comprehension. A student can write by speaking into the program rather than having to type. This can be an advantage to students who are auditory learners. By hearing what they are writing, the information is reinforced.
Another aspect of student learning that the program fosters is the communication between professor and student because of the speed at which a professor can respond to students’ inquiries. A professor can easily speak responses to questions instead of typing out emails.
Dragon also allows users to control their computer using voice commands. Users can launch programs, edit text, and browse the web using only their voice. This functionality makes Dragon especially useful for students with physical disabilities. Students with motor disabilities may need help with typing and researching for their assignments, meaning that they might have to hire someone to help them do their homework. Dragon can give disabled users more independence.