Online Accommodations

Accommodations for Online Courses

Students with disabilities are still eligible to use accommodations in online courses, although the type of accommodations needed may be different than what is needed in a traditional classroom setting.

DRC typically does not assign notetakers for online courses. The only exception is recorded lectures posted on BlackBoard. In this case, the notetaker accommodation may be necessary to provide equal access to the DRC registered student. Students typically request that accommodation notifications are sent to all faculty teaching his/her courses in a given semester, including those offered online. If this happens, please respond to the notification email to confirm that your course online, with no lecture component. DRC will then remove the note taker request from the student’s record.

Please reach out to the DRC student by email to address other accommodations needed for the online course, such as testing accommodations. This will serve as record of your attempt to engage the student in an interactive discussion about accommodations and the design of your online course.

Blackboard Accessibility Features may be a helpful resource when designing your courses.

Typical Accommodations for Online Courses

  • Extended test time
  • Accessible course documents
  • Notetaker for recorded lectures posted in BlackBoard
  • Video captioning

*Please note this is not a comprehensive list as accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Extended Test Time

BlackBoard allows instructors to extend exam time for a particular student. Please follow this link for instructions.

Accessible Course Documents

Accessible course documents include textbooks, articles, scanned copies of books, and any other assigned reading material. Just because a book/handout or is electronic, doesn’t necessarily mean it is accessible. An important reminder is to only copy one page of a book at a time. Double pages are typically very difficult to make accessible for students. Many electronic texts/documents are unfortunately not very keyboard friendly or accessible and may be in a proprietary format that cannot be accessed by blind students or students with specific types of motor impairment. For more information on accessible course documents please follow this link.

Video Captioning

Videos that are shown in class or in online courses should have captioning, not just for the hearing impaired, but for everyone. Videos should be captioned before they are added to BlackBoard. See our page on Captioning and this resource for captioning your YouTube videos. You may also contact our office at (501) 450-3613 for captioning resources or for general questions regarding captioning.