*NEW* Online Testing Accommodations

The following information is provided to help students understand their rights and responsibilities for accessing accommodations in an online testing environment.? ?

If you have any questions regarding the information provided below, please contact?sastesting@nipissingu.ca

Student Testing Accommodations

Specific Accommodation?

Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB) with Monitor?

All other online assessments (including LockDown Browser without Monitor)?

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Distraction-Reduced Environment?

It is your responsibility to find an appropriate space to write.? If this is not possible,?contact your Accessibility Consultant?to discuss possible options.?

Devices including fidgets, calculators, medical monitors…?

During the pre-test scan, you must show the object to the camera and state?out loud?that you will use it as per your accommodations.???If you need to use a medical device, please?state it clearly?out loud?and?show?the camera.?

Accommodations as usual.?

Memory Aids/Cue Sheets?

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

During the pre-test scan, you must show the approved memory aid?to?the camera and state?out loud?that you will use it as per your accommodations.????

Accommodations as usual.?

Noise Cancelling Headphones?

SAS recommends the use of earplugs?instead of headphones.?

During the pre-test scan, you must show the?earplugs?to the camera and state?out loud?that that you will be using them as per your accommodations.?

There are no restrictions on the use of Noise Cancelling Headphones.?

White Noise/Background Music?

As headphones are NOT required, please make use of an external device for sound.?
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During the pre-test scan, you must show the phone or device to the camera and state?out loud?that that you will be listening to music/noise as per your accommodations.? Then?very clearly?place?this device away from the computer, preferably within the camera’s view.??PRESS PLAY.?

Ensure you have no reason to go to the device.? TURN OFF ALL NOTIFICATIONS AND SOUNDS.?

Accommodations as usual.???

Headphones are permitted.?

Noise Cancelling Headphones?with music, background?noise?or Adaptive Technology?

During the pre-test scan, you must show the headphones to the camera and state?out loud?that that you will be using them as per your accommodations.?

Accommodations as usual.???

Headphones are permitted.?

Spell and Grammar Check?

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

If you have any concerns, please contact your Accessibility Consultant.?

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

If you have any concerns, please contact your Accessibility Consultant.?

All other assessments:??Accommodations?as usual.?

Text-To-Speech?(TTS)

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The only available text-to-speech function in?LockDown Browser?is TextAid.?
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To use TextAid?please review the?instructional video?and required steps at least 5 days in advance.?This video is also within the course shell under the "Secure Testing Information". View it before your first TextAid attempt.?

BEFORE EACH assessment, click the TextAid link above your testing link?

Contact?sastesting@nipissingu.ca?if you have questions or concerns.?

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The only available text-to-speech function in?LockDown Browser?is TextAid.?
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To use TextAid?please review the?instructional video?and required steps at least 5 days in advance.?This video is also within the course shell under the "Secure Testing Information". View it before your first TextAid attempt.?

BEFORE EACH assessment, click the TextAid link above your testing link?

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

Contact?sastesting@nipissingu.ca?if you have questions or concerns.?

Voice-To-Text?

Windows users: You need Dragon Naturally Speaking. Click here to see instructions specific to LockDown Browser?and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Mac users: Use the built-in voice-to-text called Dictate. Check your Mac settings to see what buttons turn on?Dictate.?

During the pre-test scan, you must show the headphones to the camera and state?out loud?that you will be using them as per your accommodations.?

Contact?sastesting@nipissingu.ca?if you have questions or concerns.

Windows users: You need Dragon Naturally Speaking. Click here to see instructions specific to LockDown Browser and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Mac users: Use the built-in voice-to-text called Dictate. Check your Mac settings to see what buttons turn on?Dictate.?

Contact?sastesting@nipissingu.ca?if you have questions or concerns.

All other assessments:??You may use your preferred Voice-to Text, Speech Recognition tool.

Medical Accommodations?and Medical?Emergencies?

If you have a medical condition that requires you to access food,?medicine,?or a device or if you?have to?leave the testing space?state the situation clearly to the camera?and proceed.?

When possible, it is recommended that you stay within the camera’s view.?

Accommodations as usual.?

Scribe/Reader/Interpreter?

If you require a Scribe/Reader or Interpreter?contact?sastesting@nipissingu.ca?within 10 days of your assessment?to give SAS time to make arrangements.?

Scrap Paper?

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

Accommodations as?usual.?

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.

When taking a pain or rest break, students have been asked to stay within the camera’s view, when possible.

Accommodations as usual.?

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Faculty Testing Information

Specific Accommodation?

Respondus LockDown Browser (LDB)?with Monitor?

All other online assessments?(including?LockDown Browser?without?Monitor)?

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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.???
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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.?
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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.???
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They will then?very clearly?place?this device away from the computer, preferably within the camera’s view?and?PRESS PLAY.?
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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.???

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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?

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

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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:?
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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.

When taking a pain or rest break, 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.?

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