[Athen] ALEKS Accessibility
hkramer at ahead.org
Thu Jan 15 09:16:43 PST 2015
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:
> 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.)
> (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.
> 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
>> Thanks in advance for any info.
>> 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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