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About MeTRC

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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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What is Supported eText?

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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.

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A Typology of Supported eText

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The distinguishing characteristic of a supported eText is its resources. The resources chosen to support a specific source text depend 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. The list below describes a typology of 11 categories of supported eText resources. Additional information about the typology is in the chart following it.

  • Presentational – Changes in the look and presentation of the source text;
  • Navigational – Mechanisms for moving within and between documents;
  • Translational – One-to-one equivalent in an alternative language or representation;
  • Explanatory – Information to clarify and explain;
  • Illustrative – Multimedia representations and examples;
  • Summarizing – Summaries, overviews, or condensations;
  • Enrichment – Supplementary information.
  • Instructional – Prompts, questions, strategies or instruction;
  • Notational – Tools for marking up the text or taking notes;
  • Collaborative – Tools for working collaboratively with peers and teachers;
  • Evaluative – Materials, prompts and assignments to assess learning.

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Supported eText in Mathematics

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An example of resource support of mathematics text

How could the types of resources support a source text in mathematics? To demonstrate, consider the Lemma, and a theorem on number theory by Leonhard Euler (Euler, 1773/2007)...

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Directory

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Center Staff
  Mark Horney Principal Investigator of MeTRC, and Director of the Oregon Research Site
  Lynne Anderson-Inman Co-Principal Investigator of MeTRC
  Patricia Almond Research Associate
  Judith Blair Communications Manager, Website Designer/Developer, Newsletter Editor
  Rachel Cameron

Research Assistant, eText Database Research Coordinator

  Len Hatfield Database and Server Administrator
  Bridget Hildreth Research Assistant
  Uladzimir Slabin Data Manager
CONSULTANTS
   
  Steve Jacobs Accessibility Products and Tools IDEAL Group, Inc.
  Cara Laitusis Research Scientist ETS Research and Development
  Keith Smolkowski Methodology Abacus
  Brad Witzel Math Instruction & Disabilities Winthrup University
       
RESEARCH TEAMS
   
  University of Kentucky    
  Curriculum Conversion and Implementation  
  Preston Lewis P.I.  
  Stephen Noble Researcher  
  Linnie Lee Researcher  
       
  Texas Christian University  
  Accessible Curriculum Online  
  Lindy Crawford P.I.  
  Barbara Freeman Researcher  
       
  Measured Progress, Nimble Assessment Division, Boston, Massachusetts
  Accessible Assessment    
  Michael Russell P.I.  
  Thomas Hoffmann Researcher  
  Jennifer  Higgins Researcher  
       
  University of Oregon    
  Accessible Middle School Algebra  
  Mark Horney P.I.  
  Lynne Anderson-Inman Co-P.I.  
  Patricia Almond Researcher  
  Mindy Frisbee Researcher  
  Kathy Jungjohan Researcher  
       
  Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana  
  Accessible Computer Algebra System  
  Emily Bouck P.I.  
  Dave Schleppenbach Researcher, gh  
  Gauri Kulkarni Researcher  
  Nancy Meyer Researcher  
       
Technical Work Group
   
    Affiliation/Expertise Organization
  William Bielawski Accessible Algebra--Indiana  
  Paul Eakin University of Kentucky  
  Dave Edyburn University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  Dean Fixsen University of NC_ Chapel Hill  
  Lynn  Fuchs Learning Disabilities Vanderbilt University
  John Gardner Blind & Vision Impairment  
  Russell Gersten Research Design  
  Chuck Hitchcock Universal Design for Learning  
  Kimberly Ketterer School District Administration Eugene Schl District
  George Kerscher DAISY  
  Carolyn Kieran Univ of Quebec-Montreal Univ of Quebec-Montreal
  David Moursund Mathematics University of Oregon
  Phil Piety TBD American Institutes for Research
  Neil Soiffer Design Science  
  John Tenny TBD Willamette University

 


 

   

MeTRC Staff

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MeTRC staff (left to right): Judith Blair, Communications Coordinator; Mark Horney, Principal Investigator; Lynne Anderson-Inman, Co-Principlal Investigator; Mindy Frisbee, Research Assistant (holding our newest team member, Nico Frisbee); and Patricia Almond, Research Associate.

   

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