Online Testing Accommodations (Faculty Testing Information)

The following details pertain to the use of accommodations by SAS students during online testing.  If at any time you have questions or concerns, please email sastesting@nipissingu.ca and we will be happy to discuss them. 

Specific Accommodation 

Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) with Monitor 

All other online assessments (including LDB without Monitor

Additional Time 

Faculty is responsible for providing additional time except for Final Exams using LockDown Browser, which is coordinated by SAS.

Click on this  Blackboard-Setting up exceptions video for instructions or contact the Learning Systems Technologist for your faculty for assistance. 

Devices including fidgets, calculators, medical monitors… 

During the pre-test scan, students will show the object to the camera and state out loud it will be used as per accommodations.   We have recommended that they “check in” verbally if needing to use a medical device. 

Nothing to be addressed. 

Calculators 

If the use of a calculator as an accommodation should be restricted in your course, please contact the student’s Accessibility Consultant. 

During the pre-test scan, students will show the calculator to the camera and state out loud that it will be used as an accommodation.  

Nothing to be addressed 

Memory Aids/Cue Sheets 

Memory Aids MUST be pre-approved by the instructor as per the SAS policy.

During the pre-test scan, students must show the approved memory aid to the camera and state out loud that it may be used as an accommodation.   

Nothing to be addressed 

Noise Cancelling Headphones 

SAS cannot verify what students are listening to when using headphones.   
 
SAS recommends earplugs instead, which are readily available at most pharmacies. 

There are no restrictions on the use of headphones. 

White Noise/Background Music 

As headphones are not required for this accommodations, SAS recommends the use of an external device for sound. 
 
During the pre-test scan, students will show the phone or device to the camera and state out loud that they will be listening to music/noise as per their approved accommodations.   
 
They will then very clearly place this device away from the computer, preferably within the camera’s view and PRESS PLAY. 
 
SAS has suggested they ensure there is no reason to go to the device and that they turn off all sounds and notifications. 

There are no restrictions on the use of music or background noise.   

 

Headphones are permitted. 

Noise Cancelling Headphones with music, background noise or Adaptive Technology 

During the pre-test scan, students must show the headphones to the camera and state out loud that they are being used as per their accommodations. 

There are no restrictions on the use of headphones. 

Spell and Grammar Check 

Whereas Respondus LockDown Browser has a built-in spell check; there is no built-in grammar check.   

We ask that you consider the “grammar check” accommodation in assessing the student’s written answers.  

Whereas Respondus LockDown Browser has a built-in spell check; there is no built-in grammar check.   

 

All other assessments:   

Nothing to address. 

Text-To-Speech 

 

The only available text-to-speech function in LockDown Browser is TextAid. 
 
Faculty are responsible for making TextAid available to all courses using LockDown Browser.  Full instructions on what to do can be found in the Secure Testing Link provided in the Teaching Hub YouTube channel. 

Students will be provided full instructions. 

The only available text-to-speech function in LockDown Browser is TextAid. 

Faculty are responsible for making TextAid available to all courses using LockDown Browser.  Full instructions on what to do can be found in the Secure Testing Link provided in the Teaching Hub YouTube channel. 

Students will be provided full instructions. 

All other assessments:   Students may use the Text-To-Speech software of their choice other than TextAid, which is not available outside LDB. 

 

 

Voice-To-Text 

Voice-To-Text function is available in LDB and SAS students will be provided the necessary tools and instructions. 

Voice-To-Text function is available in LDB and SAS students will be provided the necessary tools and instructions. 

All other assessments:  Students may use any preferred Voice-to Text or Speech Recognition tool. 

Medical Accommodations and Medical Emergencies 

For students that have a medical condition that requires access food, medicine or a device OR may require they leave the testing room: 
 
Students will clearly explain the situation to the camera and proceed accordingly.

Students have been asked to stay within the camera’s view. 

Nothing to address 

Scribe/Reader/Interpreter 

If requested by the student, SAS will make arrangements to provide a Scribe/Reader or Interpreter. 

There are no restrictions on who can provide this accommodation.  However, students can request arrangements be made by SAS to provide a Scribe/Reader or Interpreter. 

Scrap Paper 

For students who have “Scrap paper” as an accommodation:

During the pre-test scan, the student will state out loud that they will use scrap paper and show both sides of the BLANK pages to the camera. 

Nothing to address. 

Breaks and Washroom 

When using a rest, pain or washroom break, the student will state out loud that they will be doing as per their accommodations.

Students have been asked to stay within the camera’s view, when possible. 

Nothing to address. 

SAS will be informing students of their responsibilities in accessing accommodations during online testing.