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The Academic and Career Enrichment (ACE) Center is a partner for faculty providing students with disabilities access to courses and academic programs. The information provided here is designed to assist faculty with implementing students’ academic accommodations in an e-learning environment.
Please review your students’ Academic Accommodation Approval (SAAA) Forms which have been shared with you electronically. These accommodations remain in effect, though the implementation of these accommodations may change. If you have questions about how to implement specific accommodations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-820-6041.
The ACE Center will not be proctoring exams during the time that Benedictine University is a virtual campus. Most testing accommodations can be fulfilled by the course instructor in D2L. The most common testing accommodation is extended time.
Students who have testing accommodations listed on their (SAAA) form should continue to receive these accommodations. The one exception will be that students will be able to control their test taking environment when it comes to a distraction reduced or private room accommodation.
Approved extended time is applicable when the exam has a pre-set limited amount of working time. The pre-set (class time) should be multiplied according to the student’s extended time accommodation
If the exam is available for a window of time (such as a day or several days), but there is a defined amount of working time once the exam is opened, the student’s extended time would be applied as is done for an in-class exam.
If the exam is available for several days with no specific amount of time given for the exam, then extended time is generally not applied when the working window is more than 24 hours. To clarify when extended time should be applied, please contact us at email@example.com.
Students who are planning to utilize their accommodation for extended test time have been instructed to submit a Virtual Test Condition Form to their instructor a minimum of five days in advance of the exam date
Please see the following link for a tutorial on how to add extended testing time to exams given on D2L: https://youtu.be/EQ-vmKYmI_o
Instructors may choose some other means to administer a timed exam. If so, please ensure the start and end times account for correct amount of extended time.
Accommodations Services recommends students with this accommodation get 15% additional time for each exam and quiz to account for this accommodation.
This should be pro-rated based on the time the class has to work on exams. This accommodation is not to be used for working on the exam.
If students feel they have a need for longer breaks, on a regular basis, they need to let the instructor know as well as ACE.
Large Print and use of Assistive Technology on Exams
ACE recommends providing students with an exam in a Word document if the student has accommodation that fall under this heading. This format provides a maximum amount of flexibility whether it be access through screen reading technology or the need to enlarge the font. Be aware that lock down browsers can interfere with various types of assistive technology solutions including screen readers and screen magnification.
Accommodations Services will continue to manage the peer note-taker process in the online environment. Our office may reach out to faculty members for assistance if needed. If students come to you about a problem with peer note-takers refer them ACE.
Flexibility in Attendance
For some students, moving to online instruction may greatly lessen their use of this accommodation. This accommodation will continue to be available and be used to address flare-up in conditions. Students should notify their instructor when they experience the need to use this accommodation. If faculty have concerns about this accommodation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating Accessible Material
When creating and uploading documents to your course, think about if the content is accessible. If your students request that your documents be made accessible, look at these sites for guidance in Word or PowerPoint. You can also refer to The Content Accessibility Checklist. Accommodations Services strongly recommends Word documents as much as possible as this format provides a maximum amount of flexibility whether it be access through screen reading technology, or the need to enlarge the font.