Written Notification of Changes in Assignments and Deadlines
Students with memory, auditory or visual processing problems may not remember a deadline or due date that is provided in lecture. A written notice helps these students to manage their time and be able to check to make sure they have remembered correctly. Advance written notice of deadlines allows students to have a visual representation of when assignments are due.
It is important when changing assignments or deadlines to make the instructions clear and detailed. They can be printed, emailed, or posted on a course website, depending on the needs of the student and the preference of the faculty.
- Swanson, H. L., Harris, K. R., & Graham, S. (2003). Handbook of learning disabilities. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities: Auditory Processing Disorders by Age Group
- National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: Stress Management
Related Functional Characteristics
Susceptibility to Infection : Written notification of changes in assignments and deadlines ensures that students absent due to infection or avoidance of infection are aware of changes in expectations made while they were absent.
Hearing Loss : Allows student with a hearing loss to ensure that changes in assignments and deadlines are not missed as they may not be able to take notes in class.
Deafness : Written notification of changes in assignments and deadlines ensure that students who are deaf do not miss spoken changes in expectations.
Sequencing Deficit : Providing a written schedule of assignments and due dates provides a student information about the ordering of the course if they have difficulty correctly sequencing information.
Processing Deficit (Auditory) : Written assignments and deadlines allow students to review course requirements when they are unsure that they got the information down correrctly when it was presented in class.
Time Management : Written notice of changes in assignments and deadlines gives students information they need to keep track of the time commitments and assists them in doing better time management.
Obsessive Behavior : A written schedule of assignments and deadlines provides students with a record they can review as many times as they need without having to ask for confirmation from the instructor.
Anxiety : Advance written notice of deadlines reduces stress related to uncertainty about assignments and due dates
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