Special arrangements do not include compromising course learning outcomes. This means that students must meet the established goals of the course even if they require special arrangements. However, teachers can offer alternative completion and assessment methods as long as they are in line with the course learning outcomes. For example, if the objective of the course is to absorb the key theories and concepts in a specific field, the student’s performance can be evaluated on the basis of an oral examination, essay, diary or group work as well as a written examination. As a rule, diverse teaching methods and alternative course completion methods reduce the need for special arrangements. They can be supplemented by supporting the learning processes of each student and finding practical solutions if, for example, separate examination facilities cannot be arranged for everyone.
Solutions that benefit all students include:
· Submitting a list of any difficult concepts outlined in the course content to the students in advance. You can submit the list to the students through, for example, the Moodle course area or Matskut.
· Not talking at times when students are busy taking notes. Providing sufficient time for taking notes.
· Taking pauses during lectures. Exercise breaks are healthy!
· Avoiding long assignments. Discussing any written instructions.
For more useful tips on how to address special challenges in a teaching situation, see Recommendations for special learning challenges.