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Get a Great Start

by WSU Online 12. September 2013 15:18

...by Setting up Online Exams for Students who have Time Extension Accommodations


Your fall exams may seem a long-ways off, but they’ll be creeping up on your before you know it. Get a great start to the semester, and avoid future headaches, by following just a few simple guidelines – provided to us by our in-house Web Accessibility Coordinator, Wendy Steele.


1.    Ready: You’ll likely be receiving an accommodation request from a student or two in your courses.  Many students who need accommodations will require additional time (e.g.,double time) to take their online exams or quizzes. It is the instructor’s responsibility to set up time extensions for online exams before a student takes an exam.  If you aren’t sure how to put these special requirements into place –  use these helpful tutorials from the elearning.wsu.edu website:


Note: If you have paper-based exams, or online exams that are not using a timer, you should not have to do anything.

2.    Set:  Kill two birds with one stone by setting up a student’s time extensions for all of your exams at the same time. This should be done preferably at the start of the semester, or at least one week before an exam opens. This way, you won’t have to remember what you have or haven’t done already, and you can rest assured that things are taken care of, for students, when exam number two, three, and even four opens.

3.    Go: Double check your work and make sure the settings you changed are functioning properly by conferring with the Global Campus Faculty Support team.   They are happy to help, and can take a look at the settings of your exams to verify that everything is in place properly and ready to go.  They are also happy to answer any general questions you have about running exams online or using Angel in general. Reach them directly at wsuonline.support@wsu.edu  or 509-335-3557 or 800-222-4978.

If you have questions about what the accommodation request means, or you aren’t sure how to translate the specific information included in the Accommodation Form into your exam’s format, we recommend contacting the appropriate WSU Access Center directly. The appropriate Access Center contact information should be listed on the student’s Accommodation Form that they sent you directly.

Also, if you do not receive a Disability Accommodation Form from a student that is requesting an accommodation from you, please refer the student to the Access Center. The student will need to contact the Access Center even if the student received accommodations from a previous school or from WSU during a previous term.


In no time at all this semester will be distant memory, and with a little preparation, it will be a positive memory at that.

Rebecca L Stull

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