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Teaching Essentials

Accessible Assignments and Assessments

Build assignments in LEARN using Dropbox folders and assessments (quizzes, tests and exams) using Quizzes.

Dropbox folders

Use Dropbox to build an assignment folder for providing instructions, uploading submissions and providing feedback.

Best Practices

  • Use an ungraded practice assignment to allow students to become familiar with the Dropbox. This will reduce anxiety.

Instructions

Provide clear, step by step instructions using an unordered list (bullets) or ordered list (numbers) in the Instructions field.

  • Provide a clear indication of how much time is being given to complete
  • Provide clear due dates for assignment submissions

Example

Carefully read the instructions for this assignment:

  • Follow the directions for each task
  • Record your observations in the appropriate recording form
  • Submit the completed recording forms to Dropbox
Example of instructions using an ordered list

Special access  for accommodations

You can give special access for a  Dropbox folder to accommodate students with documented disabilities who need extra time  to complete an assignment.

Feedback

You can provide feedback to students to meet their specific needs using text, audio or video.

Quizzes tool

Use the Quizzes tool to build assessments, including quizzes, test and exams.

Best Practices

  • Use an ungraded practice quiz to allow students to become familiar with the Quizzes tool. This will reduce anxiety.
  • Do not prevent students from going back to previous questions. This will allow students to review all the questions and to go back to questions they may have skipped. This will reduce anxiety.
  • It’s best not to use Respondus Lockdown Browser. It can cause issues with some assistive technologies.
  • Allow for flexible start times. For example, rather than a quiz that is scheduled  from 9-9:30am, allow 30 minutes for quiz that must be completed sometime between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

Instructions

Provide clear and concise instructions in the Description field.  Write step by step instructions using an unordered list (bullets) or ordered list (numbers).

  • Provide clear indication of how much time is being given for assessments (e.g. 1 hour for a test)
  • Provide clear assessments dates

Example

Carefully read the instructions for this quiz.

  • You will have 7 minutes to complete the 7 multiple choice questions.
  • If you are not certain of an answer, fill in an answer you think might be correct and go on to the next question.
  • If you finish before the time has ended, go back and review your answers to the questions.
  • Remember that once you leave this quiz, you will not be able to return to it.
  • No calculators, scrap paper or other resources are permitted.
Example of instructions using an Unordered List

Special access  for accommodations

Accommodations for students with documented disabilities include extended time to complete exams and tests. You can give special access to accommodate students who need extra time  to complete a quiz, test or exam.

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus Lockdown Browser prevents students from opening up other browser windows on their system. It can cause issues with some text to speech technologies used for literacy purposes. These may be blocked or require adjustment. If you choose to use Respondus Lockdown Browser, be prepared to provide accommodations for students with disabilities.

Using Images

If you include images in Dropbox or Quizzes, add alternative (or alt text) to the images that describes their content or their context.

Using Audio and Video

If you include audio or video in Dropbox or Quizzes, use transcripts and captions.

  • Video requires a text transcript and captions of the embedded audio content
  • Audio requires a text transcript of the embedded audio content