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See the information here on how to give specific students or groups extended time using the “exceptions” facility in Sakai.

To extend time limits in Sakai for accommodated students:

  • Create your test and assign the base level time limit.
    • Test and Quizzes, Create an Assessment, etc.
    • Assign to the “Entire Site”
  • You may have a single student for whom you want to facilitate an extended time accommodation:
    • In Exceptions to Time Limit and Delivery Date, Add New Exception, Exception for User, Select User – choose the user for whom an exception to the base time limit is to apply and adjust the time accordingly and save this by clicking Add an Exception.
      • Add any more exceptions you need to accommodate any other users you need.
    • But if you have a larger course with multiple students needing extended testing time accommodations and possibly with different extended time accommodations it will likely be easier to use the Exception for Group option. To do this:
      • Create as many additional groups as you need – Site Info, Manage Groups, Create New Group
      • e. from the “entire site” students needing +50% will need to be assigned to a discrete group, those needing +100% will need to be assigned to another group and so on.
      • We do not recommend choosing group names that are obviously descriptive in terms of the accommodation though i.e. try to avoid the use of GEOG +50%. Also, be sure not to use student names in group titles as the titles will be visible to other students.
  • Save Settings and Publish the test.
    • Making an Exception to Time Limit and Delivery Date for (User) or (Group) means that the students selected will see only one iteration of your test with the time limits and delivery dates specified.

Some additional considerations:

  • Many students with extended time experience conflicts with other course obligations and will need greater flexibility in terms of earliest starting dates/times and latest due dates and times and so using a generous window of time is advisable. If you do have concerns about exam security a later dues date and time will limit any concerns about the spread of any information to the smallest group of people.
  • Some students have a “stopped clock” accommodation which is impossible to implement remotely as we do in a physical testing center and so our recommendation is to add an additional 10% to the calculated extended time. This may necessitate the creation of a discrete group or an additional exception for a user.
  • Some instructors may wish to adopt a universal design approach to a timed test and allow for everyone to have extended time. This is perfectly acceptable providing the instructor is confident that the extended time accommodates all students. In fact, there is some research evidence to suggest that extended time, when provided for students without the additional challenges experienced by those in receipt of accommodations makes little difference to their outcomes. The exception, suggested by research, applies to the use of a universal design approach (extended time for everyone) for highly  “speeded tests”, that is tests with an already short and rigorous time limit, for example, short quizzes, where non-disabled students in receipt of extended time seem to benefit equally if not more than the students with disabilities who ordinarily would receive extended time alone.
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