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From: Alice Anderson
Date: Mon, Nov 28 2005 7:40AM
Subject: invitation to test eTEACH Self Assessment Tool
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WebAIM list:

If you are a JAWs v.6 or 7 user, please consider helping us test a
new math/science tool we've developed at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison to go with eTEACH

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

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 JAWS
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 JAWS 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 have any questions about this research project,
please contact Alice Anderson by email or telephone at
= EMAIL ADDRESS REMOVED = , or 608-262-2129.

Alice Anderson
Technology Accessibility Program (TAP)
Division of Information Technology (DoIT)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1210 West Dayton Street (3227)
Madison, WI 53705
Telephone: 608.262.2129
Fax: 608.265.6453

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