University of Vermont

Center for Teaching and Learning

Accommodations on Blackboard

UVM is committed to ensuring all students have access to its academic programs. The office of Student Accessibility Services works closely with students and faculty to develop the best approach to implementing accommodations.

Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis according to the needs of the individual student. At times, this will necessitate some changes to your Blackboard course space.

Here are some common requests and how to implement them in Blackboard.

Extra Time for Quizzes, Tests, and Exams

If you give Blackboard tests with time limits, you can extend the time for specific individuals with “Test Availability Exceptions.”

  1. To add exceptions, go to where the test is deployed in your Blackboard course space. Hover your cursor over the test title and click on the gray circle, then choose “Edit Test Options” from the menu.
  2. Scroll down to Test Availability Exceptions and choose “Add User or Group.”
  3. Check the box adjacent to the name of the student who needs the accommodation and click Submit.
  4. You'll now see the student's name listed under Test Availability Exceptions and you can set the accommodation details there.
Note takers need to post notes to your course

Note takers can be added to your course space as “course builders.” Course Builders can not see any student data (i.e. grades, discussion board posts, journal entries), but they can add content to your course. To add a Course Builder follow these instructions for adding TAs.

We recommend that you set up a Blackboard content area linked to the Course Menu so that note takers can easily find the correct place to post their notes.

Note: Course Builders can also delete content, so please have a discussion with any note takers about your expectations.

Interpreters may need to review your course materials prior to a session.

There may be times when it is helpful interpreters to review course material prior to interpreting during a class. For example, if there is disciplinary-specific vocabulary, they need to know what to expect instead of trying to interpret on-the-fly. For this, you can make your course available to guests. See instructions to set your course guest access.

Videos in your course need to be captioned

If you have a student in your class who needs videos captioned in order to have equal access to course information, it's imperative that this is completed in advance of the showing date, not after the fact. Please plan ahead! Contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at 656-5537 or myaccess@uvm.edu to arrange for captioning videos. SAS staff can also discuss software packages that allow you to caption your own videos if you want to try.

Note: a transcript is not equivalent to captioning. Providing a student with a transcript does not fulfill a captioning accommodation request.

More information about accommodations from the SAS website.
Blackboard Statement

Blackboard products are accessible to all users and are developed in accordance with the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (2.0 Level AA) and the US Section ADA 508 standards.

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