[Athen] Alternatives to BlackBoard Secure Exam Browser with JAWS and ZoomText?

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at asu.edu
Mon Jun 11 12:00:56 PDT 2012

Hi, Mike. Due to the known incompatibility issues with AT and many of the secure exam browsers (ExamGuard, Respondus Lockdown, etc.) we regularly notify faculty that they may need to reconsider the use of such browsers overall ("are they really necessary?") or at least be willing to offer a workable alternative to a student who relies on AT. We also bring into the conversation the fact that the exam environment should be equivalent for the entire class - one student should not be forced to take an exam with a proctor in an on-campus testing center during business hours if everyone else gets to take it unproctored in their bedroom at 10pm if they so choose.

Hope this helps,

Teresa LW Haven, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Alternative Format Services
Disability Resource Center
Arizona State University

From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Mike Gibson
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 11:32 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] Alternatives to BlackBoard Secure Exam Browser with JAWS and ZoomText?

Hi Everyone,

A couple of months ago I posted a similar question regarding the use of JAWS and ZoomText with Secure Exam Browser. I received a couple of responses with alternatives due to Secure Exam browser's accessibility issues. I have through my own carelessness inadvertently deleted thos messages.

If anyone has alternatives to Secure Exam Browser being used in testing centers on your campus will you please send those suggestions along. The testing center here on campus is willing to listen if I have information from other colleges and universities.

Thanks in advance.


Mike Gibson
Assistive Technology Coordinator
Boise State University
Disability Resource Center
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1375
O: (208) 426-1583
F: (208) 426-3785
Email: mikegibson at boisestate.edu<mailto:mikegibson at boisestate.edu>

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