[Athen] ALEKS Accessibility

Howard Kramer hkramer at ahead.org
Thu Jan 15 09:16:43 PST 2015

Hi Karen,

Yes, I’m very interested in talking to your faculty person. As Carmen
Schafer mentioned in another email, I'd like to know more about how the two
products compare - ALEKS and WebWork.

Paul - be aware that in the past McGraw-Hill has addressed the
accessibility of the questions with graphic material by providing a
check-box to either drop the question out of the placement exam for
students with low vision or blindness or to present a message on the
question that "human assistance is required."


On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 6:07 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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