Alternative arrangements in remote assessments

Posted by nm365 at Oct 14, 2020 05:20 PM |
Ensuring remote online assessments are inclusive and accessible

Under ignite we are committed to ensuring that all of your remote online assessments are inclusive and accessible, taking into account any specific alternative arrangements that may be in place for disabled students.

We have worked closely with the AccessAbility Centre to put in place a framework which ensures that students who are eligible for alternative arrangements will have these incorporated into their remote assessments for this year.

You will be able to attach your assessed work coversheets to your submissions. Where you have had temporary arrangements put in place from 2019/20 these may remain in place for the 2020/21 academic year unless you are informed otherwise.

Remote assessments

We will ensure that most remote assessments have a minimum of a 24 hour submission window. This means that you will have a minimum 24 hour period in which to download, attempt and submit the assessment. The assessments will not be designed to take 24 hours to complete. For each assessment you will be informed of the usual duration of the paper in question – for example where a paper should take approximately three hours to complete. A 24 hour submission window ensures that if you have extra time or rest breaks recommended as alternative arrangements these are automatically accounted for within the 24 hours that you have to complete the assessment.

You may wish to approach remote assessments using the same strategies that you would employ for coursework assessments.

Some schools may set remote assessments with shorter submission windows. This may be because there is a requirement to do so from a professional body accrediting the degree, or because the format of the assessment itself needs to be shorter to test the learning outcomes for the module most effectively.

Where a remote assessment uses a shorter submission window any extra time or rest breaks that you may be eligible for will be added to the time that you have to complete the assessment.

Example scenarios

Example A

A remote assessment is set with a 24 hour submission window. Your school informs you that the examination should take approximately 2.5 hours to complete. As a result of your disability you have a recommendation of 25% extra time on your assessments.

Your assessment window would remain as 24 hours. 2.5 hours + 25% equates to 187 minutes (or 2 hours and 7 minutes), which is well within the total 24 hour submission window.

Example B

Your remote assessment should take 2 hours but has a shorter submission window of 6 hours due to its format. You are eligible for 25% extra time.

Your total submission window would be 6 hours plus 25% = 7 hours and 30 minutes

Example C

Your remote assessment needs to be time limited due to professional requirements and should take 4 hours; the submission window is also 4 hours. Your alternative arrangements are 25% extra time and a 10 minute rest break every hour.

Your submission window would take account of this, and would be extended to 4 hours plus 25%, plus 4 x 10 minute rest breaks.

Your final submission window for this assessment would be 5 hours and 40 minutes

Scribes and readers

Where you would usually have for a scribe or a reader recommended in a formal written examination, you can use your reading or dictation software.

Further information

If you would like more information about the way in which your submission windows for your remote assessments will operate in the coming year, please contact your school.

If you have any queries about alternative arrangements, please contact the AccessAbility Centre.

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