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Setting extra time accommodations for Blackboard tests and assignments

What is it?

Accommodations allow students to have unique due dates or time limits for their Blackboard assignments (this does not apply to Turnitin, Mobius, or other vendors), exceptions allow you to adjust the number of submissions a student may make or the time a student can access a submission. You can add accommodations and/or exceptions for a student.

What does it do?

It is useful to note that Blackboard tests and assignments are functionally the same thing, so adding extra time will work the same whether you are creating a Blackboard assignment or test. 

There are two primary ways for adding extra time for students, depending on whether or not you’re using a timer. 

What should I know?

1. Accommodations

Step 1 To add accommodations for a student in your module, go into the course register for your module.

My Dundee module Details & Actions section highlighting the class register

Step 2: Find the student, and click on the three dots next to their name and select the Accommodations menu option. 

Class register highlighting the more actions on a user

Select what accommodations you want to grant to the student – due date accommodations or time limit accommodations. Please note that this will only impact Blackboard items, not Turnitin or other tools. 

My Dundee accommodations menu

2. Adding exceptions

Step 1: To add an exception for your Blackboard test or assignment, go into the test/assignment and then go into the student submission area. Click Save.

My Dundee assignment highlighting  the submissions button

Step 2: Find the student to whom you wish to add an exception, and click on the three dots in the right column for that student and click on Edit. You can then adjust the visibility settings for that assignment and the number of submissions the student is allowed. Click Save.

My Dundee assignment submissions highlighting the student more actions menu
MyDundee student performance menu

Note: that you can’t change the due date, the dates that you can adjust only change the visibility date/time for the item for the chosen student. 

With a timer:

If your test or assignment is using a timer, you can add an accommodation for the student.

  1. To add accommodations for a student in your module, go into the course register
  2. Find the student, and click on the three dots next to their name and select the Accommodations menu option
  3. Tick the option for Time limit accommodation and select one of the three options (50%, 100%, or unlimited)

We recognise that there are limited time limit accommodations, and that many students have 25% extra time accommodations. Unfortunately, these time limit accommodation settings are defined by Blackboard and there is no way for us to add in any other required time limits. We have requested additional time accommodations from Blackboard, but we are restricted by the options in the platform.

For students who need time limit accommodations beyond what Blackboard allows, we recommend adding the next benchmark (e.g. 50% for students who require 25%), then explain to the student their actual time accommodation.

Without a timer:

For assignments and tests without a timer, you can use exceptions to release the assignment early for students who require extra time. 

  1. Go into the assignment and then go into the student submission area
  2. Find the student to whom you wish to add an exception, and click on the three dots in the right column for that student and click on Edit
  3. You can then adjust the visibility settings for that assignment to release it at a pre-determined time.

Note that you can’t adjust the due date, so you’ll need to release the assignment early rather than push the due date back. 

Updated on 19/10/2021

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