Many students registered with the DRC require accommodations for extended time on in-class and web-based tests and surveys in Blackboard. Meeting these accommodations in Blackboard is now easier than ever with features built-into the test settings.
Test Availability Exceptions
Instructors build their test as usual, but when the test is deployed an additional availability setting can be added under the test options for a single student or a group of students. Â This option replaces the need for creating a duplicate exam and using adaptive release.
Under Test OptionsÂ >Test Availability Exceptions,Â instructors can provide accommodations for number of attempts, time duration, availability, and force completion.
Additionally, settings may be updated at any time and more than one student can have unique availability exceptions added.
Deploy and Set Accommodations
Tests must be deployed to a Content Area from the Tests, Surveys, and Pools before accommodations can be set.
Accommodations may be set by the instructor, when adding a test or survey to any content areaÂ where the test will appear. In the Test Options, note settings two and three, other settings may be set at the instructorâ€™s discretion.
Once the test has been deployed in a content area, edit the settings by selecting the action link next to the title of the test. Select â€śEdit Test Options.â€ť Â To add an exception:
- Select â€śAdd a User or Groupâ€ť under the TestÂ Availability Exceptions.
- Adjust the Attempts, Timer, Availability andÂ Force CompletionÂ settings to suit accommodations.
- Press Submit.
Edit the Test Options
Should an instructor need to change the accommodation settings for a test they can do so by going to where the test is deployed.
- Select the Test, or Survey Action link.
- SelectÂ Edit the Test Options > Test Availability ExceptionsÂ settings and make adjustments.
- Press Submit.
Things to Consider
Since instructors are not creating a duplicate, â€śnewâ€ť exam test for an accommodation, the test will be accessed from the Grade CenterÂ like those for students without accommodations and will allow the instructor to grade the test in the same column. Students with and without accommodations will experience the same access to test information such as grades and feedback. Special, settings for â€śAdaptive Releaseâ€ť are no longer required.