[Athen] Promoting greater ALEKS Accessibility
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
>> 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.
>> 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.
>>> athen-list mailing list
>>> athen-list at mailman13.u.washington.edu
>> Howard Kramer
>> CO-PI - UDUC
>> *Promoting the Integration of Universal Design into University Curricula*
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