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Setting release conditions and special access to support students with different needs

Special Access and Release Conditions are used to set criteria around the availability of content, which can be useful for accommodating students with different needs.

The following examples show when you might use release conditions or special access to improve accessibility:

  • Create groups for students with disabilities and use release conditions to provide them with material, tasks, work areas, etc. that are not available to other students. This is a great option if you do not want other students to see or have access to the additional items.
  • If you are teaching a large course you might not know the individual needs of all of the students enrolled. Set up a checklist that students can use to request extra resources, help, or material in a different format. For example, for each week or major assignment create checklist items for text-only versions of material, an extra help discussions forum, additional reading materials, and alternative formats for multimedia. Set release conditions for the checklist items so the requested content is automatically released. This option ensures that the majority of students access material as you intended, yet students with other learning needs are supported.
  • Set up a survey that students with learning disabilities can take to help you assess their learning needs. Use the survey to determine what special access rights and extra resources to give the students.
  • Set up quizzes, surveys, or dropbox folders with time restrictions (availability), but give special access to students who need more time because of physical or cognitive disabilities. Alternatively, many people creating quizzes prefer not to set time restrictions because they can impact the quality of answers.

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