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Increasing the accessibility of PhET Simulations for students with disabilities: Progress, challenges, and potential
written by Katherine K. Perkins and Emily B. Moore
Despite the potential of PhET Interactive Simulations to foster engagement and participation in science education, they are currently inaccessible for many students with disabilities. This is due to the reliance on predominantly visual representations of concepts and interfaces that rely on dexterity with a mouse or touchscreen device. In 2014, the PhET project began an initiative to increase the accessibility of PhET's HTML5 simulations for students with and without disabilities, using inclusive design approaches. Since then, we have overcome technical challenges, started a (growing) accessible simulation design community, published the first keyboard and screen reader accessible PhET simulation, and engaged in research of inclusive features with students with diverse needs. Here, we share our progress, challenges, and the potential of creating accessible – and inclusive – educational resources for physics classrooms.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 296-299
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
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- Student Characteristics
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.069
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Keywords:
ADA, PERC 2017, inclusive design
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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K. Perkins and E. Moore, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14629&DocID=4806).
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K. Perkins and E. Moore, Increasing the accessibility of PhET Simulations for students with disabilities: Progress, challenges, and potential, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14629&DocID=4806>.
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Perkins, K., & Moore, E. (2017, July 26-27). Increasing the accessibility of PhET Simulations for students with disabilities: Progress, challenges, and potential. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 17, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14629&DocID=4806
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Perkins, Katherine, and Emily Moore. "Increasing the accessibility of PhET Simulations for students with disabilities: Progress, challenges, and potential." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14629&DocID=4806 (accessed 17 July 2019).
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Perkins, Katherine, and Emily Moore. "Increasing the accessibility of PhET Simulations for students with disabilities: Progress, challenges, and potential." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 296-299 of PER Conference. 17 July 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14629&DocID=4806>.
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