How Colleges Can Improve Accessibility In Remote Courses

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Colleges have long had offices designed to support students who have learning disabilities and to encourage broader accessibility in the classroom and beyond. After all, “it's not just enough to put materials in Blackboard if it's not going to be accessible,” says Jennifer Albat, instructional designer at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. They also addressed audience questions about how to get faculty motivated to adjust their courses to improve accessibility.

Another problem with shifting education online: cheating

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Scott McFarland, CEO, ProctorU. Before Covid-19 forced millions of students online, one of the companies that provides that service, ProctorU, caught people cheating on fewer than 1 percent of the 340,000 exams it administered from January through March. We can only imagine what the rate of inappropriate testing activity is when no one is watching,” said Scott McFarland, CEO of ProctorU.

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Online Cheating Isn’t Going Away. Use It as a Teachable Moment for Students and Educators

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Valerie Schreiner, chief product officer at plagiarism detection service provider Turnitin, said the cost continues to decrease to hire someone to write your paper or gain remote access to a computer to take an exam. “I Preventing cheating becomes a game of cat-and-mouse, said Ashley Norris, chief academic officer at ProctorU, a company that provides secure live and automated online proctoring services.

?Online Courses Shouldn’t Use Remote Proctoring Tools. Here’s Why.

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When would we encourage students to give a stranger access their webcam? Second, online proctoring systems, such as ProctorU or Proctorio , replicate a practice that isn’t effective in-person. We also know that students will have access to peers, parents, friends and neighbors. Thoughts about online proctoring have been taking up more of my time and energy than I’d like to admit.

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WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Blackboard Ally is an accessibility solution that helps make digital class content in a learning management system (LMS) more accessible for all learners. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Department of Veterans Affairs this week backed Ashford University ‘s attempt to shift its state-based eligibility for veterans’ benefits from Iowa to Arizona , likely preserving the for-profit university’s access to Post–9/11 GI Bill and active-duty military tuition benefits.” (National) Education Politics. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched a “rethink schools” tour.