Technology Information for Students with Disabilities Taking Online Courses
Taking Online Classes During COVID-19
We appreciate your flexibility during this novel and challenging time, and recognize that this may be the first time some of you are participating in online courses. We have developed information below about some of the most commonly used technologies and questions related to assistive/adaptive technologies as Rutgers moves to an online environment during COVID-19 spring semester 20 courses. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list.
Important: Be familiar with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information being provided by the university, as well as guidance from your school or unit. View the latest Rutgers announcements.
Q: What should students with disabilities do if they are having general technology questions, concerns or issues in the online environment.
The technology resources page for Rutgers students has the latest updates and information about videoconferencing, learning management systems, test proctoring systems, and getting help with technology services and systems. If any student, including those with disabilities have general technology or learning management system related questions, not related to their disability, the fastest method of obtaining answers is to reach out to the Office of Information Technology Help Desk.
Q: What if I have a question, concern or issue with my assistive technology (technology related to my disability such as screen readers, captioning, Kurzweil, Read and Write Gold, text reader, calculator etc.,)?
If a student with a disability has questions, concerns, or issues related to their assistive or adaptive technologies, they should submit a Support Form to Rutgers Access and Disability Resources. You may also send us an email at: Radr@echo.rutgers.edu. At this high volume time, our Rutgers Access and Disability Resources team will be in touch as soon as possible.
In addition, students with disabilities can contact their ODS Coordinator who can assist in answering questions. However, the RADR Support Form and the Radr@echo.rutgers.edu is the best method that we have in tracking and expediting assistive or adaptive technology needs for students with disabilities.
Q: What information is available about my accommodation needs related to assistive/adaptive technologies in the online environment?
A: See the information regarding the most common accommodations and assistive/adaptive technologies used and some considerations for how to use them in the online classroom environment for students with disabilities.
- How to create and extend time on exams (Canvas, Sakai, Blackboard)
- How to set up student accommodations when using Proctortrack
- How to set up student accommodations when using Respondus LockDown Browser or Monitoring.
Other Online Tools
- Accessibility of Turnitin -An online tool that enables professors to identify plagiarism.
Accessing alternate formats of your course materials
Instructions for Screen Readers
- How to use WebEx (JAWS)
- How to use BigBlueButton with JAWS
- How to use Kaltura (Turning on Captions / using JAWS)
- How to use Zoom
- How to use BlackBoard Collaborate (with JAWS)