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Fall 2020 Remote Learning

Updated as of October 7, 2020

Fall 2020 Remote Learning

Students, check out our Tips To Help Get Started With Remote Learning !

Learning in a remote environment can be challenging for some students with disabilities so it is important to understand that academic accommodations granted for in-person courses are still relevant and applicable for remote or hybrid courses. Some accommodations however, may need to be adjusted to provide the needed accessibility for the student. The FIT-ABLE staff works closely with each student to review their accommodations and adjust them accordingly to the student's learning environment.  

We understand that the shift to remote environments has brought on many changes and questions. Below we have provided information for both faculty and students about accommodations in the remote learning environment, as well as changes to office operations and procedures. We'll keep this page as up-to-date as possible, so please check back frequently. Feel free to contact the office for additional information, or with any questions/concerns.

Students with questions or concerns that are specifically COVID related should complete the Student Inquiry Form and someone will promptly respond to your inquiry.  

Appointments

Walk-Ins

FIT-ABLE will be available for "walk-in" immediate assistance and questions Monday-Friday, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm using Google Hangouts messaging or video call: [email protected]

Scheduled Appointments 

All appointments will be virtual, either by phone or Google Hangouts video chat, and should be scheduled through the FIT-ABLE portal. Please indicate your virtual meeitng preference in the Additional Notes box when scheduling. 

Documentation

All documentation and forms should be emailed to: [email protected]. During the Fall 2020 semester, we will not be able to retrieve documentation sent to us via fax or mail. Please review our documentation requirements prior to submitting.

Testing

The FIT-ABLE office will not be proctoring exams during the Fall 2020 semester. After your initial intake or renewal meeting, your professors will be notified of your exam accommodations. Please work with your professors to secure your exam accommodations. 

Assistive Technology & Note Taking 

Students approved for a note taking accommodation have several options of assistive technology and software to meet their individual note taking needs. Explore the links below to get more information about what we offer.

We also offer Read&Write and Read&Write for Google Chrome, a comprehensive literacy software that provides tools to support reading, writing, note taking and more.

Audio/Video Recording

Many instructors will be providing a recording of their lectures so that students can review as needed. If a recording of a lecture or demonstration is not made available to students, an audio/video recording accommodation may be granted and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Campus Housing Accommodations

During the Fall 2020 semester, the FIT-ABLE office will continue to review on-campus housing accommodations requests. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. Your housing accommodations will only be implemented if you are granted housing through Residential Life. Please review our On-Campus Housing Accommodation Request procedure and documentation requirements

COVID-Related Housing Requests

The FIT-ABLE office is not providing on-campus housing accommodations for specific COVID-related concerns. Students with extenuating or hardship circumstances will be evaluated on an individual basis through the Residential Life Office. Their policy states Residence hall assignments will be available exclusively for those students taking both in-person/remote classes. Room assignments will be made according to social distancing requirements. In general, this means that if a student has a fully remote schedule, on-campus housing will not be available. 

COVID-Related Concerns

The FIT-ABLE office is not providing accommodations for specific COVID-related concerns. For all COVID-related questions, concerns, and accommodations. please contact Enrollment Management & Student Success by filling out the Student Inquiry Form. A student success representative will follow up with you. 

Tips For Remote Learning

Use a Planner

Keep your planner out and open at all times. Put everything in your planner: homework, exam dates, family time, social breaks, workouts, etc.

Connect with Instructors Early

Take the initiative to ask questions and seek help. Your instructor may not be aware if you are confused or feeling frustrated understanding a lecture or reading. You must take the first step to communicate your questions and concerns.

Take Responsibility for Your Learning

It can be much harder to sit down at the computer on your own than to show up to class at a set time. It will be up to you to invest the time, energy, and focus necessary to succeed.

Limit Distractions

When working on course material, put away your phone, close other tabs and ‘turn off’ social media. Turn off the TV and streaming services. Work alone in your chosen space, or use headphones to block out distractions.

Develop a Routine

Consistency can be the key to your success. Write down your general weekly schedule and create a routine. Include things like when you’ll do your homework, when you’ll review the things you’ve learned, when you’ll exercise, etc. It may not be possible to stick to a routine all the time, but having a framework can keep you focused and on track.

Make Time for Your Mental Health

Going for a walk, working out, meditating, calling a friend, etc., is necessary for your mental well-being. Try to set aside at least 30 minutes a day for YOU.

Use Opportunities to Interact with Other Students in the Course

If you can interact with other students online, do it. If you know another person taking the same course, consider reaching out to them so that you can study together and talk over assignments. Students who feel they are part of a learning community always do better than those who feel isolated and on their own.

Instead of Multitasking, Work on One Thing at a Time

Multitasking may seem like a good idea but it generally doesn’t result in the best outcomes. When you try to do two things at once, your brain often lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.

Use a Stopwatch or Timer

Using a timer can help add a sense of urgency. Try working in blocks of 30 to 40 minutes, followed by a short break. If you can, set a timer for your breaks too, so that you don’t take a longer break than you intended.

Quiz Yourself Before You Feel Ready

Don’t wait until you feel completely ready for a test to see if you are. Sometimes the best way to learn is by quizzing yourself throughout the entire process, not just the night before an exam.

Make your Bed Every Morning

This is a small victory to start your day. It will keep you from getting too comfortable and set a positive tone for the rest of the day.

Please feel free to reach out to Fit-able’s Program Coordinator of Disability Services, Sapna Thakkar, at [email protected] if you would like to chat about any of these in further detail.

Office Operations

The Office of Disability Services (FIT-ABLE) will continue to operate remotely through the Fall 2020 semester, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

FIT-ABLE will be available for "walk-in" immediate assistance and questions Monday-Friday, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm using Google Hangouts messaging or video call: [email protected]

Accommodations

Students will still receive disability-related reasonable academic accommodations, whether their courses are remote/hybrid, online, or in-person. Accommodations may be implemented slightly differently than in previous semesters, and certain accommodations may not be applicable at all.

Below is more detailed information for some of the common accommodations students receive, and how they may be applied this semester. We encourage you to get in touch with specific questions or concerns.

Testing

The FIT-ABLE office will not be proctoring exams during the Fall 2020 semester. 

Extending Time for Testing in Blackboard

When administering a quiz or exam through blackboard, you can accommodate students who have been granted additional time by following the steps below.

  1. Create the test questions
  2. Deploy the test to access the test options (or click the round drop down arrow and select Edit the Test Options if the test is already deployed)
  3. Under the Test Availability Exceptions heading, click the Add User or Group button
  4. Search for and select the student who needs an accommodation, then click the Submit button
  5. Under Timer, change the length of the timer or deselect it to turn it off entirely for that student. You can also de-select Auto Submit, if it was enabled for the test
  6. Click the Submit button to save the test options

Use of a Screen Reader for Exams

Students with the accommodation of Use of a Screen Reader for Exams are typically using a text-to-speech program, a form of assistive technology, which allows electronic text to be highlighted and read aloud by the computer or mobile device.

We primarily use Read&Write, which is available to download through MyFIT, and is installed on most computers throughout the campus. Students may prefer to use other, similar programs that they are already familiar with and have installed on their own devices. Please be aware that sometimes there are compatibility issues when attempting to use this while testing within Blackboard or other applications.

Note Taking

FIT-ABLE offers a variety of note taking options for students, with the aim of involving the student in the note taking process as much as possible. Typically this means using a combination of assistive technology devices and/or programs that allow a student to record audio and further interact with the recording to formulate notes customized to their needs. In some cases a peer note taker may still be warranted, in which case the FIT-ABLE office works to secure a fellow student in the course and provide them with information about expectations and procedures.

Explore the links below to get more information about what we offer.

Audio/Video Recording

Many instructors will be providing a recording of their lectures so that students can review as needed. If a recording of a lecture or demonstration is not made available to students, an audio/video recording accommodation may be granted and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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