We are pleased to announce two major updates coming to iCollege this Friday, February 26. Both updates are focused on making the learning environment more accessible to all learners. For more information on accessibility and universal design, please review this article in iCollege Now.
Accommodations – Quiz accommodations
The new Accommodations feature enables instructors to grant learners accommodations through the Classlist tool. Accommodation options currently available include: more time to complete quizzes at the course level and the ability to bypass right-click restrictions in quizzes. Please note that these Accommodations must be set on a course-by-course basis.
Once granted, these accommodations apply to all quiz activities in a course for that learner. The additional time can be applied in terms of quiz time multipliers (for example, 1.5x quiz time) or +minutes (for example, an additional 30 minutes) on every quiz in a course.
Quiz-specific special access can overwrite an accommodation for any user on a quiz-by-quiz basis. When you overwrite an accommodation and then click Save, a warning describing the impact of overwriting an accommodation appears. The vendor has planned further enhancements to this tool throughout the year.
ReadSpeaker – Integration enhancements
ReadSpeaker functionality is now available to instructors and learners in Assignments and Quizzes. ReadSpeaker converts text to speech, making text-based Assignments and Quizzes available to a wider audience. The ReadSpeaker icon is visible when viewing assignment instructions, evaluating assignments, taking or previewing a quiz, and evaluating quizzes.
For more information on ReadSpeaker and how it can help you and your learners, please visit the CETLOE page on ReadSpeaker. If you need to disable ReadSpeaker functionality for one of your courses, please contact email@example.com. Note that turning off this feature will disable all ReadSpeaker functionality for your course, not just in Quizzes and Assignments.