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Saturday, March 19 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Engaging Blind Learners in Statistics Study Using R

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R is one of the emerging open-source languages—and free software itself—that is primarily designed for data analysis. It provides a wide variety of statistical packages and permits users to easily produce publication-quality visualized graphics. JooYoung Seo, a master's student in the Learning, Design, and Technology program and instructional developer for accessibility at the TLT Studio, will begin with sharing some challenges he has faced in statistics courses as a blind learner. Some statistical software such as SPSS and Minitab will be demonstrated briefly in terms of accessibility limitations.

JooYoung will introduce the R environment as an alternative solution for both instructors and blind learners who have to approach statistical analysis and visualized plots. BrailleR, extrafont, and other useful R packages will be suggested to help blind learners perform and understand statistical analysis as sighted people do.

In a hands-on portion of the session, he will show how the visualized graphics can be transformed into tactile graphs with braille code embedded using R packages in conjunction with a Swell Form Heating Machine.

Instructors, researchers, instructional designers, and blind learners who are involved in or interested in accessible STEM content will benefit from this practical session. Future steps for better and equal access in STEM content will be discussed at the end of the presentation with participants.


Saturday March 19, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 106

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