[Athen] Promoting greater ALEKS Accessibility

Ron ronrstewart at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 13:10:06 PDT 2015

Sorry for the typos, was trying to curb my frustration on this topic.


On Friday, March 20, 2015, Ron <ronrstewart at gmail.com> wrote:

> Howard this is similar to the approach other vendors have taken in

> offering a "fixed" accessible version. But this is the first time I have

> seen a vendor what would be an invalid version in that it's would not pass

> validity and reliability measures required of high stakes assessments.


> I would appreciate seeing your work but also would be interested in the

> vendors response in providing an invalid version of their assessment.


> Ron Stewart.


> On Friday, March 20, 2015, Howard Kramer <hkramer at colorado.edu

> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','hkramer at colorado.edu');>> wrote:


>> Hello All:


>> Picking up this topic once again. I've been conducting some accessibility

>> testing and research regarding ALEKS over the last few weeks and thought I

>> would give everyone an update. To boil down the current situation, there

>> are 2 versions of the ALEKS exam, the "traditional" version, which seems to

>> fail for accessibility, according to my testing, and the "accessible"

>> version, which seems very accessible, again, according to my testing.


>> The issue with the accessible version, however, is that it excludes about

>> 100 questions deemed too visual or spatial to present in an accessible

>> digital format. Without these 100 questions, the blind or screenreader user

>> taking the accessible version can not achieve as high a placement as the

>> student taking the "traditional" version.


>> We'd like to encourage ALEKS/MHE to work towards adding as many of the

>> excluded questions from the "accessible" version of the exam and eventually

>> have one universal and accessible version. If there are any other

>> institutions using ALEKS who are interested in collaborating with us on

>> this effort, perhaps signing a letter of support, please let me know. If

>> you'd like to have a phone conversation about this to discuss further, my

>> number is below.


>> If anyone would like a copy of my accessibility audit, I'm willing to

>> send that out upon request.


>> Thanks,

>> Howard

>> 303-492-8672


>> 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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>> --

>> Howard Kramer


>> *Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curricula*

>> (UDUC)

>> Lecturer, Cont. Ed - Evening & Cred Admin

>> 303-492-8672

>> cell: 720-351-8668



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