University of Oregon
Welcome to the Mathematics eText Research Center
“Investigating how to help students learn mathematics through supported eText”
MeTRC has five research projects currently underway. Each research project is designed to identify, develop, and evaluate the use of supported eText for a specific topic or educational process.

MeTRC Research Teams:

Curriculum Conversion and Implementation
Preston Lewis, University of Kentucky

Accessible Curriculum Online
Lindy Crawford, Texas Christian University

Accessible Assessment
Michael Russell, Measured Progress

Accessible Middle School Algebra
Mark Horney, University of Oregon

Accessible Computer Algebra System
Emily C. Bouck, Purdue University

MeTRC is collecting articles, papers and websites related to the core issues about the uses of supported text in the teaching and learning mathematics, especially for students with disabilities. We hope to use these resources to support ongoing conversations on these questions. Our initial efforts are linked below. We invite comments and contributions.

NIMAS recommends MathML3


NIMAS and Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) Structure Guidelines

On June 22, 2012, the Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the US Department of Education issued a "Dear Colleague" letter encouraging state and local educational agencies to ask publishers to use new MathML 3 Structure Guidelines when requesting NIMAS files.  

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) details the minimum standard that State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) must meet in order to comply with the requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide instructional materials to students with print disabilities in elementary and secondary schools. 

In publicizing the new MathML 3 Structure Guidelines, the Department notes that these guidelines "reflect the most effective method of providing accessible print instructional materials involving mathematical and scientific content to students who are blind or who have print disabilities." With this announcement in hand, States and local districts that are actively adopting textbooks or otherwise updating their accessible textbook policies in compliance with NIMAS can confidently add MathML 3 to their requirements, thus making the complex equations in their math texts accessible when read by students using their assistive technology.


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About MeTRC

MeTRC's mission is to learn how the printed materials used by teachers and students in mathematics classrooms can be converted into electronic forms, and how the increased capabilities in the form, function, and content enabled by this conversion, might increase access to mathematics, and improve student learning and achievement. We're especially concerned with how such "eTexts" will impact students with learning or visual disabilities.

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Conceptual Framework

What is Supported Text?
Supported Electronic Text is a form of hypertext applied to instructional materials in ways designed to increase reading comprehension and to promote content-area learning. Read more...

A Typology of Supported eText
Eleven categories of supported eText resources have been defined that may be used to support a specific source text, depending on the characteristics of that text, the characteristics of the student(s) using the text, and the requirements of the specific reading or learning task that the student is undertaking. Read more...

Supported eText in Mathematics
View an example of how eText resources may be used to support mathematics. Read more...

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