Blackboard is being used in more campus and online courses than ever before. Please consider whether the material you add to your Blackboard site is accessible to all students. If you record lectures or have video content, check to see if captions are included. Please purchase captioned materials whenever possible. If you use a digital textbook, check with the vendor to make sure that it is screen reader compatible.
If you use Blackboard and a student
needs extended time for an exam, there are two ways you could do this.
A) If you do not choose Force
Completion for your exams, you can simply permit the student to continue taking
the exam for the extended time. Please let the student know this and advise
that a prompt will still pop-up saying that the time has expired. The student
must then hit “Cancel.” The prompt disappears and the student can proceed with
their extra time.
B) The other option is to set
Adaptive Release settings for the specific student. Here is the new way to set
the Adaptive Release settings in Blackboard 9.1 SP 13:
1. In the Test Options, the timer must be set for the
2. Then scroll down to Test Availability Exceptions.
3. Click on Add User or Group.
4. From that screen, you can check the box next to the
specific student. If you have multiple students needing extended time, you
can choose them all at once. Then click OK.
5. The student(s) should now show up under Test
Availability Exceptions. From there, you can add the extended time under
the Timer heading.
6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page & click
Submit for the changes to take effect.
Joel Whitesel from iLearn
(firstname.lastname@example.org; 765-285-7200) can assist with this if needed.
Additionally, a good practice would be to make sure any announcements on Blackboard are also emailed to students. There is a button on the Announcements page to easily send an email. Announcements from Blackboard could also be spoken aloud in class if used in an on campus course.