[Athen] Proofread this for me?

Joseph Sherman Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu
Tue Feb 9 19:25:32 PST 2016

Looks ok. It seems like a photograph of a ball vs playing with a ball.
I like to use the text from the OCR and DOJ resolutions and settlements. Then ask them how a pdf provides the interaction and services of Learnsmart.

Accessible means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

On Feb 9, 2016 7:49 PM, "Nast, Joseph M" <Joseph.M.Nast at lonestar.edu> wrote:

FYI I’m still working with McGraw-Hill about the lack of accessibility for their Connect online interactive content. Emails continue to go back and forth. It’s late and I need someone to proofread\edit the following excerpt for me before I pull the trigger and hit the “Reply All” button. Thanks!

“Why alternative formats don’t work as equitable substitutes for interactive online content like Connect and LearnSmart. Providing alternative formats (e.g. accessible\searchable PDF, .DOCX, audio, Braille) for a textbook is equitable because on the whole, textbooks represent a kind of passive learning experience. Students learn by simply reading (or in this case listening to) the material.

However, the very nature of Connect and LearnSmart’s content is very different. Like a printed workbook, the structure of the material itself demands active student participation. Furthermore, these types of programs usually provide automated feedback to the student. The overall effect creates a dynamic, collaborative learning experience that’s quite unlike passively reading (or listening to) a textbook. This level of interactivity is nearly impossible to replicate in another format so that the student who “sees” using JAWS retains all the same educational benefits afforded to those who don’t.

Simply put, a searchable PDF or Word format of the text found in Connect’s LearnSmart activities cannot begin to satisfy federal requirements to provide equal access to the course material in the same way a photograph of a sandwich cannot satisfy the same nutritional needs provided by an actual sandwich.”

Too snarky? Thanks!

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