I have students with "testing accommodations" who require that test questions be read to them. Is there a way to make a Canvas quiz more "interactive" so that the questions and possible answers are read aloud to the student?
Not sure how well this would work for a quiz, but you can add extensions to Chrome for text to speech.
Free Technology for Teachers: Speak It - Text to Speech in Google Chrome
Our office has started working with our Accommodations office and created an "Accommodations Testing" course in Canvas. Our Testing Center computers have the Natural Reader program on them that students can use to have the tests read to them.
For privacy purposes, each instructor who wishes to use the course for students with the "Tests Read" accommodation has a separate section created in the testing course, and only they and their student(s) are added to that section. When the tests are created in the course, they are made available to only that particular section.
Most tests are the normal tests used in Canvas with the normal type of questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, matching, etc.). However, for timed tests such as Math tests that require students to show their work, instructors send me the test document, I save it as a PDF, and put a link to the PDF document in a test question for the student to open for the Natural Reader program to read to them. This way, the test timer starts, and the student has the test read to them and can mark their answers on their paper copy.
Instructors submit a test referral to the Testing Center, and can either attach the test to the referral or email it to me directly, and provide the dates/times the test is available, the time limit, and password to unlock it. I use this information to set up the test in the course.
We also created a new Role and titled it "Accommodations TA" and locked it down so that the only permissions the instructor has is to get into their test and grade it (or view the grade if it's all questions that automatically grade). We did this after an unfortunate situation where all content in the course got deleted, and I had to do a *lot* of work to get everything restored and put back to rights. Quite the lesson learned.......
We piloted this for Summer 2015 semester, and have used it all during Fall 2015 semester, and it's worked out pretty well. We are going to continue using this process for future semesters.
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