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Accessibility testers wanted!

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    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hello everyone,

    As you know, we continue to devote significant time and resources to improving the accessibility of our platforms and resources, not just for compliance purposes, but so that we can achieve our mission of supporting solutions that work for every person.

    We are making progress on this work in partnership with a number of like-minded organizations. One of those organizations, Benetech, is making progress on a number of interesting accessibility-focused technologies of their own. Read on for a description of their project and the organization, and their request for help. We think that some of you in the NROC community might be interested in this opportunity. If so, feel free to connect with any of us and we will put you in touch with the folks at Benetech. Thank you.

    Benetech and the DIAGRAM Center started working on an accessible math editor tool. The aim of this tool is to equip a broader set of learner needs and preferences with easier ways to show and track their work. Benetech’s new math editor is exploring ways to push the limits of how students and educators interact with digital math problems, but we now need help testing this early-stage tool.

    We’ve been trying to arrange some early-stage user tests with students (we welcome input from teachers as well), but are having difficulty reaching our target users (online Algebra learners). Thus, we were wondering if there might be some way to reach out to a few students who are using EdReady (or other NROC resources) to spare an hour or so to provide us with early stage feedback about how we might continue to develop this tool. More details about what’s involved and incentives are provided below.

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    Benetech’s Math Editor Tool

    We recognize that math is hard for many students, and in some ways, the transition to online content has actually made it even more cumbersome for many students. Our goal is to provide an accessible math editor tool that serves many types of learner needs and preferences, equipping learners with easier ways to show and track their work.

    Benetech’s new math editor is exploring ways to push the limits of how students and educators interact with digital math problems. We hope that you and a few of your students will be able to spare an hour to provide us with early stage feedback about how we might continue to develop this tool.

    About Benetech

    Benetech is a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit developing content, tools, and services that empower people with disabilities to succeed in education, the workforce, and society through access to the written word.

    Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center is one the world’s leading R&D centers for accessibility. Since 2010, the DIAGRAM Center has been revolutionizing STEM education by making images, graphics, and math accessible to people with disabilities. Recent projects include the development of accessible math content creation tools and the use of 3D printing technology to better teach complex STEM concepts to students with disabilities.

    Testing Logistics

    • Our test plan: 1 hour of an educator’s time (Algebra math teacher) and approximately 5 of your students. Not all students need to be present at the same time, so we can also plan for a longer visit if that’s easier to arrange. The testing will require students to go through a few exercises, solving Algebra equations, using our tool.
    • Who: We’d prefer to work with students who have an identified disability, but are also open to students who seem to be struggling with math.
    • Timing and location: we are flexible meaning we can visit you, at a time that’s convenient for you (ideally, students are based in California).
    • Compensation: as a thank you, educators will receive a $100 gift card and each student tester will receive a $25 gift card for your time.

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