[guispeak] Window-Eyes users needed to test new math/science tool
- From: "Michael D. Lawler" <mdlawler@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 10:54:17 -0500
We (GW Micro, Inc.) are passing along the following information as it
directly pertains to Window-Eyes users.
If you are a Window-Eyes user, please consider helping us test a new
math/science tool we've developed at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison to go with eTEACH
Why? Too many blind students decide not to pursue careers in
science, technology, engineering, and math, not because they are not
interested in these subjects or do not have the capacity to succeed
in these fields, but because they do not have access to the products,
resources, and techniques that they need to study and learn
scientific and mathematical principles in nonvisual ways. Source:
National Federation of the Blind http://www.nfb.org/media/nsfgrant.htm
The eTEACH Assessment Generator is a tool that allows learners to
assess whether or not material presented is comprehended. We are very
excited about this tool's ability to reach a population that
previously has been excluded. We invite you to help us test the
potential of this tool.
What is involved? We believe the process will take approximately 30 minutes.
If you agree, you will be able to participate from your home, school
or work computer, at your own time and pace by clicking on a link and
doing the following:
1. Download the free MathML player and install it on your computer
(if you don't already have it installed). The MathML player enables
Internet Explorer to display mathematical notation in web pages.
2. Review tips for moving through the quiz.
3. Access the quiz (sample questions and equations) through the
Assessment Generator. Questions will include equations and scientific
notations. Answer choices will be multiple choice, true/false, or
open-ended. Please know that we are not interested in whether or not
you have answered the questions correctly-questions are not scored.
We are measuring (through self-reporting) if you can access these questions.
4. At the end of the questions, you will be taken to a survey for
self-reporting how successful you were reading and navigating the
sample quiz. This study is intended to measure how successful
Window-Eyes screen reader users are in using the self-assessment
tool. We are not measuring math or science skill levels, so please do
not be concerned about correct or incorrect answers to the survey.
Also note that the survey is set up so responses are anonymous. We
are concerned only with how successful the Self Assessment tool is
for Window-Eyes screen reader users.
If you would like to help us evaluate the eTEACH Assessment
Generator, please go to:
If you know others who may be willing to help, please forward this
email to them, or if you have any questions about this research
project, please contact Alice Anderson by email or telephone at
alice.anderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, or 608-262-2129.
Michael D. Lawler
GW Micro, Inc.,
Development Liaison and Technical Support Supervisor
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