[Athen] ALEKS Accessibility

Karen Sorensen karen.sorensen at pcc.edu
Wed Jan 14 19:02:32 PST 2015

Hi Howard,
The alternative we use is WebWork. It's open source and we have one faculty
member who is very active in its development. We've done a lot of
accessibility testing and created a VPAT for it that's just about to be
published with WebWorK's latest update (that includes many of our
recommended accessibility updates). I would be happy to put you in touch
with our faculty member if you want more information.
I also would be happy to share the cursory accessibility testing we did on
ALEKS last January. At that time they had no suggested alternatives to
graphical problems. We suggested making the images available for us to
print but never heard anything back on that.
Let me know if I can help.
On Jan 14, 2015 5:56 PM, "Howard Kramer" <hkramer at colorado.edu> wrote:

> Hello All:


> It doesn't look like anyone replied to this question on ALEKS

> accessibility updates. Does anyone have any updated information? Is there

> any work being undertaken to make the graphical elements of the placement

> exam accessible through long descriptions or tactile graphics?


> I'm also told there are no alternative accessible products to ALEKS. Is

> this true?


> I'm now working with the accessibility and remediation committees on our

> campus that were formed in response to UCB's OCR complaint, hence my

> interest.


> Thanks in advance for any info.


> Regards,

> Howard


> On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM, McGinnity, Julie A. (MU-Student) <

> jamzk7 at mail.missouri.edu> wrote:


>> Good morning,


>> We are investigating the current state of ALEKS accessibility. I read up

>> on ATHEN posts from last year, and they were helpful. But now I am curious

>> to know the outcome of the graphing issue. Is the company still not

>> providing tactile graphs? Is ALEKS accessible with the latest versions of

>> screen readers? I have never used it myself but was led to believe that

>> ALEKS was not fully accessible in the past. Any information you can

>> provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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