I wanted to share some exciting news about Karla Kmetz-Morris, lead instructional designer here at USFSP. She received a call last week asking her to serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology, which also serves as the State Advisory Committee for the Assistive Technology Act.
In this role she will collaborate with other board members and key stakeholders across the state and nationally on issues surrounding funding, awareness, training, programs, device loans, and advocacy for assistive technology and services.
This is amazing news for USFSP and I know Karla is happy to represent USFSP with this important work. As you can see, we have a really impressive team in OLITS! We are very honored and proud of Karla for how she represents USFSP, the Nelson Poynter Library and OLITS!
Karla was also elected as Chair of the Webinar Committee for the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association. She is working closely with a few other instructional designers in the QM network to develop and facilitate a webinar series that provides professional development opportunities to instructional designers in the areas of design research, strategies, QM implementation, etc.
One of the most common accommodations that students with disabilities need is extended time on quizzes and exams. Providing this accommodation in Canvas is relatively simple and does not require you to alter the testing time for all students.
Follow this process to implement this accommodation in your course:
1. Click “Quizzes” on the left course menu
2. Click on the name of the exam/quiz you want to update for this student
3. Click “Moderate This Quiz” on the right side of the screen
4. Click the checkbox next to the student’s name on the list that appears
5. A button will appear that says “Change Extensions for 1 selected students”, click that (it may appear at the bottom of your list of students)
6. In menu that pops up, type the extra amount of time that student should get in addition to your currently allotted time in the box labeled “Extra Time on Every Attempt.”
For example, if your exam is timed for 90 minutes, and the student’s accommodation allows for double time, you would type “90” in that box.
7. Click Save
Repeat this process for all timed exams and quizzes within the course.
For those familiar with Blackboard, a link in the Bb course reminding them to go to Canvas would be helpful. Our official recommendation will be to :- Make sure the Announcements page is the entry page for your Bb course
– Create a single announcement telling student about canvas and provide a link to Canvas.
– Disable other menu items so there is less visual clutter in the Bb course to distract from the redirection
Campus Technology is a higher education technology magazine that provides updated information about advanced networking for the campus enterprise. In the November issue they talk about website accessibility and how universities are missing the mark. Take a look:
Making university websites and course content accessible may be the law, but many institutions have a long way to go toward compliance. CTlooks at three key elements of a more proactive approach to accessibility on campus.
Please join Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Library for the Accessing Higher Ground Annual Conference live virtual track November 14-16.
The Accessing Higher Ground Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university setting. Topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance, accessible distance learning, and the creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources.
The following sessions will be streamed live. These sessions are open to all interested Faculty and Staff. Sessions will be real-time captioned.
One of the most common accommodations that students with disabilities need is extended time on quizzes and exams. Providing this accommodation in Blackboard is relatively simple and does not require you to alter the testing time for all students. The directions are available in this USF System Blackboard Exam Accommodations Guide (PDF).