[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 http://eteach.engr.wisc.edu/newEteach/home.html

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 Voice 260-489-3671 Fax 260-489-2608 Internet mailto:mdlawler@xxxxxxxxxxx web http://www.gwmicro.com ftp ftp://ftp.gwmicro.com GW Micro, Inc., Development Liaison and Technical Support Supervisor

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