Disability Services

Remote and Online Timed Assessments, Exams, and quizzes

Verifying Accommodations

Faculty Notification Letters for students in your courses who are registered with ODS can be viewed via the AIM online portal: https://andes.accessiblelearning.com/CSUOhio/Instructor/.

Extended Time Testing

If you are giving timed assessments in Blackboard,, or any other course management product, please extend the time for individual students who qualify for 1.25x, 1.5x, or 2x. For most of our students providing this accommodation is simple in Blackboard. The Center for eLearning has recorded a video demonstrating how to Set Blackboard Test Availability Exceptions which shows how to do this and gives multiple scenarios for how to adjust settings. For technical assistance, you can also call 216-687-5050 and dial 2 for Blackboard Support.

Some faculty have been requiring students to submit their exam like an assignment in Blackboard where it starts at the beginning of a class time and ends at the end of class. This is often for exams where students need to write out problems like in math or accounting exams. If the exam is issued to students like an assignment through Blackboard the time extension would need to be setup using the Adaptive Release Rules for that exam assignment submission in Blackboard. The Center for eLearning has recorded a video to demonstrate Setting up Adaptive Release Options for Assignments.

Stop the Clock Breaks

As there is no straightforward way to "pause the clock" within a Blackboard assessment, we recommend adjusting the time to permit students to briefly step away for purposes of disability management. For exams that are over an hour, up to two 15-minute breaks is considered reasonable. For quizzes that are 30 minutes or shorter, please add 5-10 minutes to the total duration. Please note that this additional time is in addition to the students’ approved extended time accommodation.

Ability to Take Breaks

This accommodation refers to a student’s ability to take supervised breaks when in the testing center. The clock is not stopped, therefore no additional consideration is needed for this accommodation in the remote test delivery format.

Reduced Distraction or Private Room Testing

Students can select their own testing environment, therefore usually additional consideration is not needed for this accommodation in the remote test delivery format. If you proctor tests online using Zoom it may be necessary to have the student in a separate breakout room so that they will not be distracted by the video and audio feeds of other students. There are also students who because of distractions in their living environment might benefit from taking assessments at times where they can have a more distraction reduced environment. If your exams require a student to take it at a specific date and time the student may need flexibility in order to get their distraction reduced or private space.

Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus causes some difficulties for students who require software for dictation. If you are using Respondus Lockdown Browser for your exams and have students who have those listed in their faculty notification letter, a separate copy of the exam without Respondus needs to be created for the student to use. Respondus does not permit the use of common programs like Read&Write, Dragon, and ZoomText speech during an exam. For students who need text to speech we have made ReadSpeaker available for student use in all CSU exams through Blackboard and Respondus. Students who need software for dictation or Dragon Naturally Speaking cannot be required to use Respondus to take exams or quizzes. We cannot require students who cannot use Respondus, to enable their accommodations, to take their exam proctored on campus.

Pen and Paper Exams

The handling of this accommodation depends on the student. Faculty can reach out to ODS/Testing Services to review any pen and paper requests at testingservices@csuohio.edu.

Virtual Reception Area

ODS/Testing Services now has a virtual front desk via Zoom Meetings. Please visit