Student Resources: Online Courses

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

The DRC is available to discuss any concerns you may have about the implementation of your accommodations in an online environment. We encourage you to engage with your instructors to identify how the course will be managed and designed and have conversations about how your accommodations will be implemented in the online environment.

Do not wait for your instructor to reach out to you. We find instructors respect all students that initiate contact, as it shows your involvement in the learning process. Your Access Consultant is happy to discuss any concerns you or your instructor may have. We urge you to also understand, for some of your instructors, this is a whole new approach and they have questions as well.

Student Meetings and the Interactive Process

The DRC will connect with students via platforms such as ZOOM, Skype, and WebEx, as well as by phone and email. 

Prospective students and their families are welcome to connect with the DRC virtually as well. To schedule a virtual meeting, contact the DRC by email at or by phone at 765-494-1247.

Toolkit for Online Students

Purdue Online has a digital toolkit for students taking online classes. The toolkit has topics related to success in online courses including: organization, communication, study habits, working with groups, tools, and support. Visit the Innovative Learning website to explore this resource as you navigate online classes.

Additionally, the Academic Success Center website includes additional information about the resources that are available online.

Taking Exams with Disability-based Accommodations

online scheduling system (OSS) has been disabled for that students in the fully online cohort. The DRC Testing Center is unable to proctor exams for students in this cohort.  

Students will need to work with their instructors to ensure that test accommodations are in place within the online environment. In online instruction, instructors have the ability to schedule online exam times and extend time for students when appropriate without needing the DRC’s assistance. Ideally, students will be able to identify suitable spaces, whether they choose to reside on campus or elsewhere, to complete online assessments and other coursework remotely. If a student or instructor has questions or needs assistance related to accommodations, they should contact the DRC.

We encourage students to engage their instructors as soon as possible before taking an exam/quiz in the online environment. Students and instructors should have a mutual understanding of approved accommodations and how they will be delivered in the online environment. The university has developed the Innovative Learning website to support Instructors. Proactive communication between students and their instructors is an essential piece of the accommodation process.

Extended Time
  • Approved extended time is applicable when the exam has a pre-set limited amount of working time. The pre-set (class time) should be multiplied by what the Course Accessibility Letter states.
  • If the exam is available for a period of time (such as a day or several days), but you have a defined amount of working time once the exam is opened, your extended time would be applied as is done for an in-class exam.
  • If the exam is available for several days with no specific amount of time given for the exam, then extended time is generally not applied when the working window is 24 hours or more. Should you have any questions on how to apply the extended time accommodation in a particular student/test situation, feel free to consult with the student’s Access Consultant ahead of time or send an e-mail to
  • Tests, quizzes, and exams given may be offered through Brightspace.
    • In this situation, the platform controls the amount of time and will shut down the exam when the allotted time expires. When the exam has a specific amount of working time, please confirm ahead of time with your instructor they have accounted for your extended time, as it will differ from your classmates who do not have this accommodation.
    • Your instructor may choose some other means to administer a timed exam. If so, please talk with your instructor to ensure that your start and end times account for your extended time so there is no questions about the amount of time you have to work the exam.
Breaks During Exams

The DRC recommends students with this accommodation get 15% additional time for each exam and quiz. This should be pro-rated based on the time the class has to work on exams. This accommodation is not to be used for working on the exam. It has been determined the student has a condition that requires this accommodation to “take a break” from the exam. If students feel they have a need for longer breaks, on a regular basis, they need to let the faculty member know as well as their Access Consultant. The Access Consultant needs to provide specific guidance to the instructor. Note: As with an in-class exam, the Purdue Code of Honor applies to student’s appropriate use of accommodations.

Large print and Assistive Technology use on exams

If students have any concerns about the ability to utilize assistive technology on an exam, please contact your instructor and remind them this is one of your accommodations. Be aware that lock down browsers like RESPONDUS, can interfere with various types of assistive technology solutions. If there are questions about the implementation of Assistive Technology for your exams, please contact your Access Consultant.

Flexibility with Attendance

For some students, moving to an online environment may greatly diminish their use of attendance accommodations. The accommodation should continue to be available and will most likely be used to address assignment deadlines and make-up exams in the online classroom format. Students should continue to inform the instructor and your Access Consultant when you experience the need to use this accommodation.

Peer Note Takers

Based on course design and delivery this accommodation may be less necessary than when you were physically in a class. An email message has been sent both to peer note-takers and students who use this accommodation. Note-takers will continue to take notes and share them with you unless this new online environment changes your access. If you no longer need access to a peer notetaker, please notify your notetaker and If you have questions, please contact your Access Consultant.

Other Accommodations

If you receive other accommodations that will be impacted by being in an online learning environment, please communicate with your instructor immediately to discuss options. Access barriers cannot be addressed if we do not know about them. The DRC is always available to assist as needed in conversations regarding the implementation of accommodations.