Other In Class & Remote/Online Accommodations

There are many other accommodations that may be needed in classrooms and/or in remote/online courses. 


Alternatives to Group Work

In classrooms, students with the “Alternative to Group Work” accommodation may have an alternative option available to them instead of completing in-class and/or out-of-class assignments and projects within a group. Students and instructors should communicate with each other regarding the details of the alternative options in the course. The student should be held to the same expectations for meeting the fundamental learning outcomes of the course.

For online/remote courses, the DRC or the student will contact the instructor to talk through details if they need to use their accommodation for an alternative to online group work. 

Alternatives to Presentations

In classrooms, students with the Alternative to Presentations accommodation may have an alternative option available to them instead of presenting in front of a class. Students and instructors should communicate with each other regarding the details of the alternative options in the course. The student should be held to the same expectations for meeting the fundamental learning outcomes of the course.

For online/remote courses, the DRC or the student will contact the instructor to talk through details if they need to use their accommodation for an alternative to online presentations. 


Audio Record Lectures

In classrooms, the Audio Record Lectures accommodation allows students to record lectures and review the information presented in class at a later time. The DRC requires students to acknowledge and confirm they understand their responsibilities regarding audio recording during lectures. Each term, students are asked to sign off that they have read and understand the Audio Recording Agreement. If any questions or concerns arise that a student is not following the terms of the agreement, please contact the DRC.

For online/remote courses, this accommodation is only required if there is synchronous (live streamed) course content. The online/remote course environment may eliminate the need for a student to audio record lectures, particularly if a video recording of the lecture is already available for all students to review throughout the term. However, if courses that have live streaming don't have a video recording available for review, Audio Record Lectures is still a required DRC accommodation to provide for students.

Classroom/Lab Assistant

In classrooms, a classroom/lab assistant’s role is to facilitate a student’s classroom participation in a way that provides the greatest independence to the student if there are elements that cannot be made accessible through other means. This includes describing visual content, manipulating objects at the direction of the student, and other activities.

For online/remote courses, a classroom/lab assistant may work with students remotely and assist by describing visual content, providing support for technical elements, and performing other activities as determined in collaboration with the student and the DRC. A classroom/lab assistant does not provide instruction, tutoring, or serve as an intermediary between the instructor and the student. If you have specific questions or concerns about Classroom or Lab Assistants, please contact the DRC.


Breaks During Class

In classrooms, students with this accommodation may stand up, move about, or leave the room when needed. Instructors should not call attention to the student if they need to take a break.

For online/remote courses with live streamed class meetings, students may mute themselves and turn off their camera if they need to take a break.


 

Call on Student Only When Hand is Raised

In classrooms, this accommodation allows students the opportunity to decide when they participate in class discussion. The student should still be held to the same participation expectations as the rest of the class; this accommodation only modifies how they participate..

For online/remote courses that use live streamed class meetings, this accommodation is applicable.


Advance Communication Regarding Projects/Assignments

In classrooms and remote/online classes, the student's request for advance information regarding assignments accommodations will appear on their accommodation notification letter. Instructors should provide information as far in advance as possible so students have sufficient time to work on their assignments or access additional resources.

Enlarged Print

In classrooms, students with visual impairments often need larger font sizes to read materials, so instructors must provide course handouts in a digital format or print a copy with a large font size. The font size the student needs should always appear on the DRC notification email that instructors receive. Students and instructors should communicate regarding whether the student would prefer electronic files of handouts or hard copies with large font size. Instructors should let the DRC know if they have difficulty with the conversion or provision of these materials.

For online/remote classes, this accommodation may not be needed if all reading/visual materials are delivered in electronic format.


Extensions on In-Class Assignments

In classrooms, this accommodation allows the student to request a one (1) day maximum extension on all writing and assignments done in class, unless doing so creates a fundamental alteration to the course. This accommodation does not apply to online discussion board posts that are graded as participation points. Please consult with the DRC if extensions beyond these limits are requested.

For remote/online courses, this accommodation is only required if you plan to use synchronous  (live streamed) course content.

Overheads/PowerPoint Slides Provided Before Class Begins

In classrooms, students who have the “Overheads and PowerPoints before Class Begins” accommodation should be given copies of the day's PowerPoint slides and/or other materials (either printed or electronic access is fine) before class begins. If no PowerPoints or other materials are planned, there is no need to create anything! Note: Many instructors choose to provide their PowerPoint slides to all students online before the class begins, which would also fulfill the accommodation.

For remote/online classes with synchronous streaming, this accommodation will apply. The electronic version presented on screen is not sufficient.


Uses Technology in Class

In classrooms, students with this accommodation may use various types of technology to support note taking and in-class writing. Use of the technology should not disrupt the rest of the class, but may require that the student sit in a specific area in order to have equal access. Technology can be used in many ways to support learning including for the purpose of  photographing information displayed on the white board or projection screen.

Students who have this accommodation are aware that they may not:

  • Use their technology to video record the class and/or lecture.
  • Allow anyone else access to, or use of, any information that is typed, photographed, or otherwise captured (except the instructor or the Disability Resource Center upon request).
  • Copy, broadcast, transcribe, or share any part of the information.
  • Release the information, profit financially, or allow others to benefit personally from material captured. 
  • Publish or otherwise quote information from the lecture without the lecturer’s explicit written consent and without properly identifying and crediting the lecturer.
  • Violate the rights of instructor and fellow students by using the information in any manner other than for their own personal study in the course.

If you have questions about the information on this page, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

Email: drc@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-4150

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