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Porterville College

Online Learning During COVID

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Online Accommodation Guidance

Online Note-Taking Accommodations

DRC students with note-taking accommodations indicated on their Academic Accommodation Plan (AAP) are legally entitled to utilize note-taking during online courses, if needed. Online note-taking look different among asynchronous and synchronous courses. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires note-taking assistance. Student input will clarify the need for note-taking assistance.

Asynchronous

  • Power Points may suffice as note-taking assistance for course.
  • Audio lectures (e.g., MP3s, Zoom recorded sessions, Screen-o-matic sessions) must be transcribed.

Synchronous

  • Like face to face classes, students may require note-taking assistance for synchronous (e.g., Zoom, live discussions) courses.
  • Instructor can record session and provide transcriptions or identify a note-taker and have note-taker send e-notes to the DRC office.
  • Connect with DRC office to ensure note-taker agreement form has been submitted.
  • Electronic notes (i.e., typed, scanned) can be shared with student needing note-taking assistance.
  • It is recommended that instructors up-load and/or provide screen-sharing notes or PPTs.
  • Students may utilize note-taking assistive devices (e.g., Smart-pen, Sonocent) if approved on their Academic Accommodation Plan.

Online Lecture Recording

DRC students with lecture recording accommodations indicated on their Academic Accommodation Plan are legally entitled to record lectures If needed. Online lecture recording looks different among asynchronous and synchronous courses. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires lecture recording. Student input will clarify the need for lecture recording. The majority of lecture recording will be audio recordings. It is best-practice to video record lectures that are visual in nature (i.e., ASL, CTE, Practicum courses) if the student is approved for lecture recording as an accommodation. Video recording should fall within the parameters of student confidentially by limited the recording to the lecture content and not other students in the course.

Asynchronous

  • Content should be pre-recorded and uploaded on learning platform.
  • Course content is posted and should meet 508 standards.

Synchronous

  • It is best practice to record Zoom sessions for students with lecture recording accommodations.
  • Recordings can be shared with students or posted in Canvas archive.
  • Students can use recording devices to record any live course content.
  • Connect with DSP&S office to ensure student has signed course recording agreement.

Online Interpreters and Captioning Services

DRC students who are Deaf and hard of hearing (D/hh) are legally entitled to utilize interpreting and captioning services during online courses if needed. Online interpreting and captioning services look different among asynchronous and synchronous courses. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires interpreting and/or captioning services. Student input will clarify the need for interpreting and/or captioning services.

Asynchronous

Any audio content (e.g., MP3s, Zoom recorded sessions, Screen-o-matic sessions) has to meet 508 standards.

D/hh students may request interpreting services for audio recorded content, in addition to accessibility standards.

If needed, work with the DRC office to ensure an interpreting request has been made via the Sign Language Interpreter Request form Work with Sarah Phinney, to add DRC Interpreter Observer to Canvas shell so interpreters have access to review course content – this enhances the interpretation for D/hh students.

Synchronous

Interpreters and/or captioners should be provided for D/hh students during any live course discussions (i.e., Zoom sessions, Facebook Live, etc). If needed, work with the DRC office to ensure an interpreting request has been made via the Sign Language Interpreter Request form Work with Sarah Phinney to add DRC Interpreter Observer to Canvas shell so interpreters have access to review course content – this enhances the interpretation for D/hh students.

If note-taking is required, ensure D/hh student has note-taking assistance – they cannot see interpreter and take notes simultaneously OR you can record Zoom session and ensure it is accurately transcribed and provided to D/hh student.

Visual material will assist: Share screen, utilize PPTs, pictures, etc.

Ensure zoom screen visibility is granted to D/hh students’ and interpreter – they will need to visually see each other to actively participate Zoom screen sharing among all is recommended – please consider the security of Zoom sessions.

Online Testing

Accommodations DRC students with testing accommodations indicated on their Academic Accommodation Plan are legally entitled to utilize testing accommodations during online courses, if needed. Please refer to the DRC office to inquire if your online pedagogical approach requires testing accommodations. Student input will clarify the need for accommodations during exams.

Online Testing Accommodation Guidance - On Campus

Student Provides AAP to instructor at the start of the semester or time of need.•Student requests testing accommodations at Testing Center for each exam.

Testing Center works with instructor to facilitate proctoring.

Online

Student provides AAP to instructor at the start of the semester or time of need.

Exams via Canvas: Instructor extends exam time for student.

Exams not given via Canvas: Instructor allows extension on allotted exam time.

Exam Time Accommodations

Exam Time

Instructors allows students one hour to complete exam.

Student has 1.5X extended exam time as accommodation – Instructor extends Canvas exam to one and a half hours.

Student has 2X extended exam time as accommodation – Instructor extends Canvas exam to two hours.

Timeframe to Complete

Instructor allows students 24 hours to complete on- hour exam on Canvas

No accommodation is given for this

DRC students will have to complete their 1.5X or 2X extended exam accommodation within the allotted 24-hour time frame

Recommendations

Email your class a friendly reminder to reach out to you if they would like to use their accommodations or you can reach out to DRC students individually to inquire

Be available for questions during allotted exam time and time frame to complete exam

Refer students to DRC if they requests academic accommodations with short notice – subjective to a reasonable time frame to set-up accommodations

Non-time Exam Accommodations

Reduced distraction environment – this is difficult to monitor from home. The student will need to manage a quiet space for themselves Scribe – the student needs a scribe. Perhaps a family member can assist and this can be proctored via a Zoom recording. Another option is the student can Zoom record their answers/response

Scan and read – the student needs the exam digitally read to them. Connect with Fernando Roman to work on a readable version of the exam. Final projects or assignments are not considered final exams. If DRC students are requesting extended time on assignments, refer them to DRC.

DRC virtual contact: drc@portervillecollege.edu 559-791-2215

Q&A for Students

Reminders:

  • We are following the orders of Governor Newsom to ​stay at home and prevent the spread of coronavirus.
  • Classes and student services will be done remotely​ during the Fall semester.
  • Do not come to campus.

Lecture to online? Everything?

Yes, EVERYTHING. Courses and student services will remain online through the end of the semester. Online might mean Canvas, or Cranium Cafe (online counseling), Zoom conference calls, or phone calls, or emails.

No way! Can’t be done!:

The “shelter-in-place” directive given by Governor Newson requires us to operate online only.

How do I get my stuff ready to do online?:

Call 559-791-2215 to set up an appointment with Roman in the DRC for training or troubleshooting.

Final Exams?:

We will still be online-only for Final Exams. Check your Canvas courses or contact your instructors directly for information on how this will look in your classes.

What about my lab class? Or my activity class?

Check your PC emails and Canvas for information from your instructors.

But I don’t have a computer at home!

For now, you can download both Canvas Student and Zoom on any smartphone. If your course requires the use of a laptop and you don’t have one, call 559-791-2200 to request assistance.

What about DRC counseling and staff appointments?

Call (559) 791-2215​ to make or cancel an appointment. We will use ​Cranium​ or Zoom video chat, or phone calls. Appointments are available for: ​DRC Counseling, registration assistance, selecting courses for Summer & Fall 2020, probation or disqualification, Alt Media software training, & test accommodation requests.

Where do I go for tutoring, mentoring, or PASS sessions?

Tutoring, mentoring, & PASS sessions will be conducted ​online Click here to use online tutoring, mentoring, & PASS services

What about my testing accommodations (extended time)?

DRC staff is contacting instructors to remind them to extend time for online quizzes and exams. Email ​drc@portervillecollege.edu​ or call 559-791-2215 if you want to make sure we have notified your instructors.

Is Mental Wellness Counseling available?

Yes, Mental Wellness Counseling is available online (Cranium). Call (559) 791-2215 to set a mental wellness appointment.

What about Learning Disability Assessments?

Learning disability assessments are suspended until further notice.

I need food, what can I do?

Tulare County 211 provides a list of ​local food pantries FoodLink Tulare County​ does food distributions - appointments required Many local schools are providing free breakfast and lunch to kids age 1-18.

I am experiencing homelessness right now. Who can help?

Porterville Family Crisis Center​ has a 24/7 hotline: 559-784-0192 They offer services for people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and more.

What is ​academic probation / disqualification​?

If you are on academic probation or disqualification, complete the online orientation then set an appointment with the DRC counselor.

- Click here for probation orientation

- Click here for disqualification orientation

How do I apply for DRC services?

1. Complete ​online application

2. Provide ​Verification of Disability (VOD)

3. Complete ​Intake appointment​ with DRC counselor

4. Complete ​DRC Orientation​ (via Canvas)

5. Request specific accommodations​ every semester.

Examples:

Extra time on quizzes/tests

Convert books to audio formats

What is a VOD?

VOD, or Verification of Disability, ​is documentation that shows what type of disability you have, and what limitations the disability causes. Possible examples of VOD include:

  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)​ from high school
  • 504 Plan​ from high school
  • Psychological Assessment​ results
  • Learning Disability Assessment ​results
  • Letter from your doctor / therapist​ specifying your diagnosis, limitations, ​and recommended accommodations
  • If you have other paperwork documenting your disability, DRC Counselor can review and let you know if anything more is needed

How do I complete DRC Orientation?

The DRC Orientation is completed through Canvas:

1. DRC Staff will email you a link to the Orientation.

2. Make sure to complete both pre-test and post-test.