Use of a Computer for Essay Exams
A student may be granted the use of a computer for a variety of reasons (e.g. word processing assistance, screen readers). Faculty may provide a computer for students use, or they may contact the services for students with disabilities office for assistance. If faculty provide a computer, they should also provide a private testing environment to protect the student's confidentiality and privacy.
Related Functional Characteristics
Motor Skill (Fine) : The use of a computer for essay exams requires less fine motor control than writing with a pen or pencil allowing the student to independently take exams.
Low Vision : Students may need a computer for essay exams if they can use a screen reader to edit their essay.
Blindness : Students may need a computer for essay exams if they can use a screen reader to edit their essay.
Hearing Loss : Because there are differences between ASL and written English, students with hearing loss whose primary language is ASL may require a computer with software to check spelling, punctuation, and grammar for essay exams.
Deafness : Because there are differences between ASL and written English, students who are deaf may require a computer with software to check spelling, punctuation, and grammar for essay exams.
Fatigue (Cognitive) : Using a computer for essay exams allows students to more easily revise their answers without spending extensive effort on rewriting.
Production (Written) : On essay exams, computer editing tools allow students to focus their efforts on correct content rather than on grammatical, formatting, or spelling concerns.
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