[Athen] ALEKS Accessibility

Alexa Schriempf ats169 at psu.edu
Thu Jan 15 09:10:38 PST 2015

Penn State is also reviewing ALEKS and has sent extensive user testing
feedback to ALEKS. I would be interested to know more about Paul's/Temple's
report/expectation that ALEKS will be fully accessible, along with
Karen's/PCC's webworks alternative. Please share both!


On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 8:07 AM, Paul E. Paire <paire at temple.edu> wrote:

> Karen,


> Temple, at least, is very interested in learning more about WebWork. (We

> are also evaluating ALEKS. One of my colleagues has reviewed their VPAT and

> says it's very thorough and informs me that they say they will be fully

> accessible in less than a year. Alas I don't have any details beyond that.

> But an accessible alternative? Yes, we would like to know about it.)


> Thanks,


> -Paul

> (paire at temple.edu)



> -------- Original message --------

> From: Karen Sorensen <karen.sorensen at pcc.edu>

> Date:01/14/2015 10:06 PM (GMT-05:00)

> To: Howard Kramer <hkramer at colorado.edu>

> Cc: Access Technology Higher Education Network <

> athen-list at u.washington.edu>

> Subject: Re: [Athen] ALEKS Accessibility


> 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.

> Best,

> Karen

> 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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Alexa Schriempf, PhD
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