November Workshops

workshops-pumpkin November 2015 Workshops and Working Sessions
Register for a workshop at unless otherwise noted.

Workshop Date and Time
Cascade (CMS)
Contact to register
Wednesday, November 4th 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Making MyGateway Work for You Tuesday, November 10th 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Using Cognos Student Reports Tuesday, November 10th 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Cascade working session
No registration necessary, JCP 65
Thursday, November 12th 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Creating Online Test Thursday, November 19th 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Exploring MyGateway Tools Tuesday, November 24th 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mary Brown
Coordinator Technical Training
IT Administrative Services

Accommodating Test Takers

A perennial problem with administering tests has been how to accommodate students with different needs. Some students may need additional time on a test, and traditionally Blackboard has featured the “Adaptive Release” option for these needs. But now Blackboard has improved the accommodation feature by integrating test-taking exceptions into the test canvas options. Instead of going outside of the test and selecting “Adaptive Release,” (which requires designing that setting to conform to the test settings) the Test Canvas now includes a “Test Availability Exceptions” option.

Under “Test Availability Exceptions” instructors can add any number of users or groups to under an exception which allows for test duration, availability times and dates and number of attempts, any or all of which can differ from those set for the majority of test takers. “Force Completion” and “Set Timer” must be engaged in the initial settings in order to use the exception(s). The exceptions also work for tests that are to be taken in the Online Testing Center. The OTC will see the exception in addition to the regular test settings, and only a single password is needed. If you have questions about how the “Test Availability Exceptions” work or how they should be used, contact the Faculty Resource Center at x6704 or