4.1 Use of ICT to present responses
The use of ICT in this context should be taken to include word processors, personal computers (PCs) and other microprocessor controlled devices producing output in text or other forms such as graphics and diagrams. For many candidates with additional support needs, computers can provide an effective means of independent communication.
A computer should be used only if it is appropriate to the candidate’s needs, if the candidate is confident in its use and can use it effectively and if it reflects his/her normal way of working. (This also extends to the use of electronic braillers, iPads and pc tablets). The candidate should be consulted before a decision is taken whether the use of ICT is an appropriate adjustment. Where it is apparent that assessment objectives cannot be met fully if a computer is used, the accredited course provider should suggest alternative arrangements.
Consideration should be given to the effect that the use of the computer will have on NEBOSH’s ability to assess the candidate fairly. The use of the computer should not create a misleading impression of the candidate’s attainment or confer an unfair advantage over other candidates.
The accredited course provider needs to disable facilities such as spellcheckers, electronic dictionaries, thesaurus, calculators, predictive software, unless these have been agreed in advance with NEBOSH or the candidate has been permitted a scribe or is using voice- activated software. Candidates should be given access only to those facilities that have been agreed in advance with NEBOSH.
The computer must be working correctly at the time of an assessment. It is the accredited course provider’s responsibility to arrange ICT provision for the candidate.
Accredited course providers should ensure that workstations are adapted for the need of the candidate, and that enabling technologies, such as speech recognition or voice activated software, coloured background, adapted keyboard, large tracker ball mouse, sticky keys, etc are available when needed and agreed in advance.
The computer must be used solely by the candidate and not by someone acting on the candidate’s behalf (unless NEBOSH has considered a scribe to be appropriate).
The candidate must be accommodated and invigilated separately since the use of a computer is likely to distract other candidates.
Candidates must not be able to gain access to any other electronic sources. These sources include the internet, locally-stored files, network shares, CDs, DVDs, email and instant messaging systems, or any other digital media sources accessible locally or over a wired or wireless network.
The candidate’s work must be saved frequently, preferably by using an auto-save facility and contingency arrangements should be in place to deal with any technical problems.
The candidate should be present when his/her work is printed. For assessments where the candidate’s response is submitted to NEBOSH without copies being retained (eg for examinations), electronic copies of the work should be destroyed (or submitted on disc together with the printout if preferred) after a check has been made that all pages have printed properly.