Other In Class & Remote/Online Accommodations

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


Alternatives to Group Work

In classrooms and for online/remote courses, 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 any possible alternatives. The student should be held to the same expectations for meeting the fundamental learning outcomes of the course. The student or instructor can contact the DRC for advice.

Alternatives to Presentations

In classrooms and for online/remote courses, students with the Alternative to Presentations accommodation may request an alternative to presenting in front of a class. Students and instructors should communicate 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. The instructor or student can consult with the DRC if needed.

Audio Recording and/or Using Technology

Audio Recording

In classrooms, the audio recording 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 the limitations and responsibilities regarding audio recording during lectures. Each term, students are asked to sign off that they have read and understand the Recorded and Photographed Lecture Content 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 that doesn’t have a video recording available for review.

Using Technology

In classrooms, students may use various types of technology to support their learning, note taking, and in-class writing. Using 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, including photographing information displayed on the white board or projection screen. The technology cannot be used to video record the class. Each term, students are asked to sign off that they have read and understand the Recorded and Photographed Lecture Content Agreement. If any questions or concerns arise that a student is not following the terms of the agreement, please contact the DRC.

Classroom/Lab Assistant

A classroom/lab assistant’s role is to facilitate a student’s classroom participation if there are elements that cannot be made accessible through other means.  A classroom/lab assistant does not provide instruction, tutoring, or serve as an intermediary between the instructor and the student. The classroom/lab assistant will provide support in collaboration with the student and in a manner that affords the greatest independence. 

In classrooms,  activities performed by a classroom assistant may include describing visual content, manipulating objects at the direction of the student, and other activities. If you have specific questions or concerns about Classroom or Lab Assistants, please contact the DRC.

For online/remote courses, a classroom/lab assistant may work with students virtually 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. 

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 (with or without chat), this accommodation is applicable. This accommodation allows students the opportunity to raise their hand or otherwise indicate when they will  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.

Advance Communication Regarding Projects/Assignments

In classrooms and remote/online classes, the student's request for advance information regarding assignments accommodation will appear on their DRC Faculty Notification Email. 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 either in a digital format or print a copy with a large font size. The font size the student needs will be listed on the DRC Faculty Notification Email that instructors receive. It is recommended that students and instructors 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. 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 or if you feel that providing the extension would result in a fundamental alteration to the learning outcomes of the course.

For remote/online courses, this accommodation is only required if you plan to use synchronous (live streamed) course content. 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 or if you feel that providing the extension would result in a fundamental alteration to the learning outcomes of the course.
 

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 in the class 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 during class is not sufficient to meet the accommodation. See above for how to provide this accommodation. 


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

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