Disability Services and Testing Center Hours, Operations, and Contact Information
Disability Services is still operating Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., however, all appointments and services will be conducted via phone or virtually until further notice. The Testing Center is currently closed due to the Giovale Library closure.
If you have questions or concerns during this time, contact Disability Services:
What to Consider in Regards to Disability Access When Adapting Course Materials for Virtual Instruction
Disability Services acknowledges the significant effort required to quickly adapt your courses to online instruction and wants to collaborate with you to ensure that access for students with disabilities is maintained through this transition.
Some students may encounter disability-related barriers with online instruction or assessment (e.g. students who use assistive technology, students with medical limitations on screen usage, etc.). Some tips to keep in mind as you are creating virtual course content include: (adapted from the University of Washington’s “20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible Online Course”):
- Use clear, consistent layouts and organization schemes for presenting content and make instructions and expectations clear for activities, projects, and assigned reading.
- Offer outlines, scaffolding tools, and adequate opportunities for practice to help students learn.
- When selecting new materials, try to find videos that are already captioned and articles that are available in a text-searchable format (meaning you can highlight and search the text within the document).
- Images can be made accessible to blind and low-vision students by providing captions or inserting alt text into the image. Use large, bold fonts on uncluttered pages with plain backgrounds and color combinations that are high contrast.
- Provide flexibility and understanding as this experience may cause disruption to a student’s home life and available resources that may negatively impact their disability symptoms.
Exam Accommodations for Online Exams
Please communicate with your students to discuss their exam accommodations in your courses. Disability Services is available to instructors and students to consult.
Extended time on exams as an accommodation generally only applies to traditional, time-limited exams. If you decide to offer an alternative means of assessment (e.g. essays, non-timed exams, project work, etc.), a student’s extended time may no longer be applicable. Disability Services encourages you to speak with registered students if that is the case.
How to give extended time in Canvas:
- From the list of quizzes, click the link for the quiz, but don't click the button to edit it to look at your quiz page after your quiz is published.
- Along the right-hand side, you will see the option to moderate your quiz. From there, you can see quiz progress and, depending on your settings, give additional attempts or additional time.
For a detailed walk-through on extending time with example screenshots, visit Canvas’ webpage about adding extending time to assessments.
Academic departments are responsible for setting up extended testing time in Canvas or other platforms. Faculty can email Rodney Glore (email@example.com) about any questions, or contact Disability Services.
The Testing Center
The Testing Center is currently closed due to the Giovale Library closure. All exams should be administered online or through other remote assessment methods by faculty.
Modification of Attendance and Assignments Accommodations
Completed accommodations should be honored, though reasonable modifications to the structure of the agreements may be needed with the shift to online instruction. For example, courses may not have an attendance component moving forward, which would alleviate the need for modified attendance. Please contact Disability Services to discuss any additional barriers presented by changes to the course format.