What strategies can be used to accommodate students who are authorized to receive extra time on assignments or tests in lab courses?
Some students with learning and other types of disabilities may need additional time to complete assignments in lab courses. Described below are examples of how extra time could be provided to an individual student.
- The student could arrive early or stay late if the lab space is available and an instructor or teaching assistant is available as needed.
- If the same class is offered at a different time, the student could attend both labs, thus doubling his/her lab time.
- The student could complete the experimental portion of the lab during the class session and use extra time outside of the classroom to complete written work.
- If students are working in teams, strategic division of labor might be able to address the issue.
For more information on accommodating students with disabilities in lab courses, visit the American Chemical Society’s Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities: A Manual for High Schools, Colleges, and Graduate Programs 4th Edition.