CATE Lab COVID-19 Update

Due to covid-19 and the Smart 2020 plan implemented by EMU, https://www.emich.edu/stay-smart/index.php the CATE Lab has modified our policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all students, staff and faculty. 

 

CATE Lab Protocols In Response To COVID-19 Safety Guidelines 

The number of exams proctored in the CATE Lab will need to be significantly reduced due to:

  • Spacing requirements
  • The need to disinfect each workstation after use - 30 minutes is the best estimate at this point.  

 

Updated Operation Protocols

  • The CATE Lab will be open two days per week when it is deemed safe to have in-person classes. 
  • Signage will be on the doors discouraging walk-in appointments, questions, dropping off of materials.
  • The absolute maximum number of students testing simultaneously will be 6 and that is if no human reader and/or scribe is necessary.  
  • Equipment loan forms will be online.
  • Paper testing forms will be eliminated for Fall term.  All scheduling will be conducted via email.  Instructions for doing so will be posted on the DRC site, CATE lab site, and emailed to faculty and students.
  • Exams will be accommodated on site at EMU only in rare cases where the student is unable to access Zoom from a home computer. 
  • Exams that need to be read aloud by a human will utilize Zoom and if accommodated onsite at EMU,  will use two testing rooms at CATE.
  • Exams that need to be scribed by a human will utilize Zoom and if accommodated onsite at EMU, use two testing rooms at CATE.
  • There will be no technology assessments that cannot be conducted remotely.  Dragon Dictate assessments will not be able to be performed at the CATE Lab due to the necessity of microphones.  An alternate online assessment is being researched.
  • Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own headphones and microphones.  
  • The CATE Lab will not be able to retrieve personal items from students’ backpacks.
  • The CATE Lab will not provide any materials beyond a pencil and the student will take that with them

 

Delivery of exams

  • Exams will be scanned and emailed.  This may include taking a photo and emailing the pdf.
  • Exams will no longer be available for delivery to departments nor will the option for professors to pick up exams be available.


If you have any questions, please contact the CATE Lab Coordinator, Jenny Clark at [email protected] or 734-487-1419


 

Steps to Accommodating Testing at the CATE Lab for Students

During COVID-19 we recommend that the majority of exams be conducted online thus greatly reducing the traffic and amount of exams accommodated at the CATE Lab.

 

Step 1:

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A RECENT LETTER OF ACCOMMODATION (LOA) 

·         You will need to email your professor your most recent Letter of Accommodation (LOA) 

·         If you need to renew your LOA please do so here https://www.emich.edu/drc/forms/index.php

STEPS TO ACCOMMODATED TESTING AT THE CATE LAB FOR STUDENTS

 

During COVID-19 we recommend that the majority of exams be conducted online thus greatly reducing the traffic and amount of exams accommodated at the CATE Lab.

 

Step 1:

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A RECENT LETTER OF ACCOMMODATION (LOA) 

·         You will need to email your professor your most recent Letter of Accommodation (LOA) 

·         If you need to renew your LOA please do so here https://www.emich.edu/drc/forms/index.php

Step 2:

MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

 

·         The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.

·         Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email.  

Step 3:

DISCUSS ACCOMMODATIONS WITH INSTRUCTOR

·         Discuss which testing accommodations listed on your LOA will be needed for the type of exam given.  For example, the use of a calculator would not be necessary for an exam in Writing.

Step 4:

PICK SUITABLE TESTING TIME 

·         Due to COVID-19 precautions, the CATE Lab will have limited testing hours available.

·         Students need to schedule their testing time so that it corresponds to the day and time of the regular class exam.  If that is not possible due to a lab or conflicts with another class, please inform both the instructor and the CATE Lab staff when you schedule.

·         The CATE Lab will attempt to schedule your exam as close to the class testing time and day as possible while we also maintain reduced hours of operation. 

Step 5:

BE SPECIFIC

·         Provide specific times and dates to schedule for testing. For example, “November 2nd at 11 am.” 

Step 6:

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY  

·         It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the conversation on testing accommodations with the professor.  You will need to email the professor and state that you need accommodations for exams.  

·         You will also need to monitor your email account for updates from the professor and CATE Lab concerning testing dates, times and other information.  

·         Exams must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance.  

·         Due to limited hours or operation and reduced seating capabilities at the CATE Lab, late requests for testing will not be able to be accommodated.  

Step 

7:

SUBMIT ONLINE REQUEST at [email protected] 

When the emailed request for specific testing dates is submitted to the CATE Lab, the CATE Lab staff will verify accommodations granted to the student by cross-referencing the most recent LOA. Only accommodations listed on your LOA will be approved.

 

Step 8:

APPROVED DATE AND TIME 

Your date and time will be entered into the CATE Lab scheduling system.

Both your professor and you will receive notification of the test date and time.

Approximately 3-5 business days before each exam, the CATE Lab will email instructors a reminder and will inquire about allowable materials for respective exams.

Step 9:

ARRIVE ON TIME 

·         Arrive to the CATE Lab 5 minutes early to test or your testing time may be reduced, you will be asked to turn off your cell phone, and YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT DURING THE EXAM.  Like any violations pertaining to cheating, you will be held accountable through the student code of conduct.  https://www.emich.edu/studenthandbook/policies/index.php

Step 10:

TAKE EXAM

·         The CATE Lab staff will gather your test materials for you and guide you to where to take your test. 

·         Upon completion, please place the completed exam on the table indicated by the CATE Lab staff.  

 PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES AT THE CATE LAB:

 

Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own headphones and microphones.  We will no longer provide these to students.  

 

The CATE Lab will not be able to retrieve personal items from students’ backpacks.

 

The CATE Lab will not provide any materials beyond a pencil.

Step 1: ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A RECENT LETTER OF ACCOMMODATION (LOA) 

MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

 

·         The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.

·         Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email.  

STEPS TO ACCOMMODATED TESTING AT THE CATE LAB FOR STUDENTS

 

During COVID-19 we recommend that the majority of exams be conducted online thus greatly reducing the traffic and amount of exams accommodated at the CATE Lab.

 

Step 1:

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A RECENT LETTER OF ACCOMMODATION (LOA) 

·         You will need to email your professor your most recent Letter of Accommodation (LOA) 

·         If you need to renew your LOA please do so here https://www.emich.edu/drc/forms/index.php

Step 2:

MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

 

·         The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.

·         Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email.  

Step 3:

DISCUSS ACCOMMODATIONS WITH INSTRUCTOR

·         Discuss which testing accommodations listed on your LOA will be needed for the type of exam given.  For example, the use of a calculator would not be necessary for an exam in Writing.

Step 4:

PICK SUITABLE TESTING TIME 

·         Due to COVID-19 precautions, the CATE Lab will have limited testing hours available.

·         Students need to schedule their testing time so that it corresponds to the day and time of the regular class exam.  If that is not possible due to a lab or conflicts with another class, please inform both the instructor and the CATE Lab staff when you schedule.

·         The CATE Lab will attempt to schedule your exam as close to the class testing time and day as possible while we also maintain reduced hours of operation. 

Step 5:

BE SPECIFIC

·         Provide specific times and dates to schedule for testing. For example, “November 2nd at 11 am.” 

Step 6:

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY  

·         It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the conversation on testing accommodations with the professor.  You will need to email the professor and state that you need accommodations for exams.  

·         You will also need to monitor your email account for updates from the professor and CATE Lab concerning testing dates, times and other information.  

·         Exams must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance.  

·         Due to limited hours or operation and reduced seating capabilities at the CATE Lab, late requests for testing will not be able to be accommodated.  

Step 

7:

SUBMIT ONLINE REQUEST at [email protected] 

When the emailed request for specific testing dates is submitted to the CATE Lab, the CATE Lab staff will verify accommodations granted to the student by cross-referencing the most recent LOA. Only accommodations listed on your LOA will be approved.

 

Step 8:

APPROVED DATE AND TIME 

Your date and time will be entered into the CATE Lab scheduling system.

Both your professor and you will receive notification of the test date and time.

Approximately 3-5 business days before each exam, the CATE Lab will email instructors a reminder and will inquire about allowable materials for respective exams.

Step 9:

ARRIVE ON TIME 

·         Arrive to the CATE Lab 5 minutes early to test or your testing time may be reduced, you will be asked to turn off your cell phone, and YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT DURING THE EXAM.  Like any violations pertaining to cheating, you will be held accountable through the student code of conduct.  https://www.emich.edu/studenthandbook/policies/index.php

Step 10:

TAKE EXAM

·         The CATE Lab staff will gather your test materials for you and guide you to where to take your test. 

·         Upon completion, please place the completed exam on the table indicated by the CATE Lab staff.  

 PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES AT THE CATE LAB:

 

Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own headphones and microphones.  We will no longer provide these to students.  

 

The CATE Lab will not be able to retrieve personal items from students’ backpacks.

 

The CATE Lab will not provide any materials beyond a pencil.

MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

 

·         The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.

·         Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email.  

STEPS TO ACCOMMODATED TESTING AT THE CATE LAB FOR STUDENTS

 

During COVID-19 we recommend that the majority of exams be conducted online thus greatly reducing the traffic and amount of exams accommodated at the CATE Lab.

 

Step 1:

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A RECENT LETTER OF ACCOMMODATION (LOA) 

·         You will need to email your professor your most recent Letter of Accommodation (LOA) 

·         If you need to renew your LOA please do so here https://www.emich.edu/drc/forms/index.php

Step 2:

MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

 

·         The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.

·         Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email.  

Step 3:

DISCUSS ACCOMMODATIONS WITH INSTRUCTOR

·         Discuss which testing accommodations listed on your LOA will be needed for the type of exam given.  For example, the use of a calculator would not be necessary for an exam in Writing.

Step 4:

PICK SUITABLE TESTING TIME 

·         Due to COVID-19 precautions, the CATE Lab will have limited testing hours available.

·         Students need to schedule their testing time so that it corresponds to the day and time of the regular class exam.  If that is not possible due to a lab or conflicts with another class, please inform both the instructor and the CATE Lab staff when you schedule.

·         The CATE Lab will attempt to schedule your exam as close to the class testing time and day as possible while we also maintain reduced hours of operation. 

Step 5:

BE SPECIFIC

·         Provide specific times and dates to schedule for testing. For example, “November 2nd at 11 am.” 

Step 6:

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY  

·         It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the conversation on testing accommodations with the professor.  You will need to email the professor and state that you need accommodations for exams.  

·         You will also need to monitor your email account for updates from the professor and CATE Lab concerning testing dates, times and other information.  

·         Exams must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance.  

·         Due to limited hours or operation and reduced seating capabilities at the CATE Lab, late requests for testing will not be able to be accommodated.  

Step 

7:

SUBMIT ONLINE REQUEST at [email protected] 

When the emailed request for specific testing dates is submitted to the CATE Lab, the CATE Lab staff will verify accommodations granted to the student by cross-referencing the most recent LOA. Only accommodations listed on your LOA will be approved.

 

Step 8:

APPROVED DATE AND TIME 

Your date and time will be entered into the CATE Lab scheduling system.

Both your professor and you will receive notification of the test date and time.

Approximately 3-5 business days before each exam, the CATE Lab will email instructors a reminder and will inquire about allowable materials for respective exams.

Step 9:

ARRIVE ON TIME 

·         Arrive to the CATE Lab 5 minutes early to test or your testing time may be reduced, you will be asked to turn off your cell phone, and YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT DURING THE EXAM.  Like any violations pertaining to cheating, you will be held accountable through the student code of conduct.  https://www.emich.edu/studenthandbook/policies/index.php

Step 10:

TAKE EXAM

·         The CATE Lab staff will gather your test materials for you and guide you to where to take your test. 

·         Upon completion, please place the completed exam on the table indicated by the CATE Lab staff.  

 PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES AT THE CATE LAB:

 

Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own headphones and microphones.  We will no longer provide these to students.  

 

The CATE Lab will not be able to retrieve personal items from students’ backpacks.

 

The CATE Lab will not provide any materials beyond a pencil.

 

Step 2: MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

  • The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.
  • Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email

 

Step 3: DISCUSS ACCOMMODATIONS WITH INSTRUCTOR

  • Discuss which testing accommodations listed on your LOA will be needed for the type of exam given.  For example, the use of a calculator would not be necessary for an exam in Writing.

 

Step 4: PICK SUITABLE TESTING TIME 

  • Due to COVID-19 precautions, the CATE Lab will have limited testing hours available.
  • Students need to schedule their testing time so that it corresponds to the day and time of the regular class exam.  If that is not possible due to a lab or conflicts with another class, please inform both the instructor and the CATE Lab staff when you schedule.
  • The CATE Lab will attempt to schedule your exam as close to the class testing time and day as possible while we also maintain reduced hours of operation. 

 

Step 5: BE SPECIFIC

  • Provide specific times and dates to schedule for testing. For example, “November 2nd at 11 am.” 

 

Step 6 : TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

  • It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the conversation on testing accommodations with the professor.  You will need to email the professor and state that you need accommodations for exams.  
  • You will also need to monitor your email account for updates from the professor and CATE Lab concerning testing dates, times and other information.  
  • Exams must be scheduled at least 10 days in advance.  
  • Due to limited hours or operation and reduced seating capabilities at the CATE Lab, late requests for testing will not be able to be accommodated.  

 

Step 7: SUBMIT ONLINE REQUEST at [email protected] 

When the emailed request for specific testing dates is submitted to the CATE Lab, the CATE Lab staff will verify accommodations granted to the student by cross-referencing the most recent LOA. Only accommodations listed on your LOA will be approved.

 

Step 8: APPROVED DATE AND TIME 

  • Your date and time will be entered into the CATE Lab scheduling system.
  • Both your professor and you will receive notification of the test date and time.
  • Approximately 3-5 business days before each exam, the CATE Lab will email instructors a reminder and will inquire about allowable materials for respective exams

 

Step 9: ARRIVE ON TIME

Arrive to the CATE Lab 5 minutes early to test or your testing time may be reduced, you will be asked to turn off your cell phone, and YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE IT DURING THE EXAM.  Like any violations pertaining to cheating, you will be held accountable through the student code of conduct.  https://www.emich.edu/studenthandbook/policies/index.php

 

Step 10: TAKE EXAM

  • The CATE Lab staff will gather your test materials for you and guide you to where to take your test. 
  • Upon completion, please place the completed exam on the table indicated by the CATE Lab staff.  

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES AT THE CATE LAB:

  1. Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own headphones and microphones.  We will no longer provide these to students. 
  2. The CATE Lab will not be able to retrieve personal items from students’ backpacks.
  3. The CATE Lab will not provide any materials beyond a pencil.

 

MEET WITH INSTRUCTOR - THIS CAN BE VIRTUAL!

 

·         The DRC recommends meeting with the instructor so specific accommodations can be discussed including how and where you are testing.  This can take place through email if classes are virtual and/or in-person meetings are not convenient.

·         Some faculty may be able to provide students testing accommodations within their department. For example, a student has a night class and needs extended time on a test, the student may be able to take the test within their instructor’s department.  Please discuss this with your professor preferably through email.  

Welcome

The Center for Adaptive Technology in Education (CATE Lab) was designed to assist students with disabilities incorporate computers and technology into the learning and working atmosphere of Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Successful integration of adaptive technology enables the user to participate in all aspects of the higher educational environment.

The CATE Lab provides students with technology evaluations to determine how adaptive technology can improve their learning or working environment.

We also provide individualized and group training on adaptive technology through online instruction, webinars and workshops at the CATE Lab. There is no charge for usage of the CATE Lab.

 

Mission of the CATE Lab

The CATE Lab provides resources, evaluations, and training in adaptive technology for students with disabilities. Our goal is to assist with developing, assessing and implementing assistive technology to enable those with disabilities to participate in their educational and vocational environments at their maximum potential. Further, the CATE Lab seeks to provide an accommodations driven testing environment for the campus that enables test takers with disabilities to perform at their maximum ability.

 

History of the CATE Lab

The CATE Lab began in 1991 with the goals of providing adaptive technology education to both students, staff and faculty with disabilities and as a training site for special education majors. In time, an additional training site for education majors was developed and the CATE devoted its resources toward those with disabilities. Over the years the CATE Lab has become the site for students with disabilities testing outside of the classroom. Exam accommodations increase each year and include computerized readers, voice recognition, large print software, specialized keyboards, adaptive software and hardware, extended testing time and the use of human readers and scribes. At the same time, CATE remains the focal point for adaptive technology training, evaluation and demonstrations for those with disabilities on EMU’s campus.

Contact the CATE Lab

The CATE Lab is located on main campus in Suite 120 of the John W. Porter Building. Staff assigned specifically for assistance in the CATE Lab are available while classes are in session from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The CATE Lab coordinator is Jenny Clark ([email protected]).

If you need testing accommodations, email [email protected] or call 734.487.1419.

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