Students may have visual, auditory, mobility, or other needs that require Mastering assignments to be accessible in multiple ways. Speak with your students to find out what kinds of accommodations will help them do their work. Your students are generally your best resource on what they need (and don’t need). As the semester goes on, keep checking in with these students.
You can provide quality content using the following screen reader or keyboard accessible answer types. Efforts are underway to add more answer types to this list over time. Note that these Mastering answer types are most likely to be accessible. (Certain elements in some items can make them inaccessible to some students. For details about checking items for accessibility, see the section below “Tips for accommodating student accessibility needs”.)
You can filter for these kinds of items in the Item Library. You can also edit these publisher items or create your own items using the Simple Editor. Open Simple Editor Help
|Accessible answer type
Multiple choice or True/False with a single correct answer choice
Simple Editor answer type: multiple choice
Students select a single correct multiple choice answer by choosing a radio button.
Can also be used for true/false questions and fill-in-the-blank sentences.
|Multiple choice with several selections for the correct answer
Simple Editor answer type: multiselect
|Used for multiple-choice questions in which students select more than one correct answer.|
Simple Editor answer type: simple text
Used for answers that are a single letter, number, word, or phrase, or the answer can be two or more of these elements.
The correct answer must be simple text—no HTML or TeX markup is accepted.
|Essay (free-form text)
Simple Editor answer type: essay
Can be several lines of text up to a full-length essay.
Essay questions provided by the publisher can usually be answered with one or two sentences and an answer key is supplied for these.
Longer essay answers must be graded by an instructor or section instructor. More about how essay answers are graded
You can find accessible publisher items by filtering for BOTH of the below conditions in the Item Library. See Filter the Item Library for instructions about searching the Item Library.
- Choose an accessible answer type filter:
In the Answer Types column, choose an accessible answer type like Multiple Choice/Select, Simple Text, or Essay.
- Select Mobile Items.
Tip: This option is located in the first row of item filters (New Items, Mobile Items, etc.).
Note that certain elements in some items can make them inaccessible to some students. For details about checking content accessibility, see the section below “Tips for accommodating student accessibility needs”.
Below are some tips for checking that your Mastering assignments are accessible.
- Contact your school’s Accessibility Office or Disability Services, if available. This department may have services that can help support you as well as to provide individual support for students.
- Accessible images: For students with vision impairment, check whether images have appropriate alt text descriptions. (Alt text image descriptions can be read aloud by screen readers.) To see if such descriptions appear, hover over images in Mastering on your computer.
- Accessible video content: For students with vision or hearing impairment, check whether any video content includes captions, a transcript, or audio description.
- Give us accessibility feedback. If you or your students notice that accessibility could be improved on an assignment item that should support accessibility (see above section “What kinds of Mastering items are currently accessible?”), please report the issue using the Contact the Publisher feature.
- Adjust Mastering assignment scores and settings by student. To better accommodate some students, you can adjust scores and settings for an assignment by student. For example, you may want to exempt one or more students from an assignment, extend an assignment due date, reset an assignment, or other.
- Mastering interface: Works with all common screen magnifiers and is contrast optimized for vision-impaired access to most features
- Navigation: Enhanced visual focus for active elements
- Student course home: Meets Pearson Accessibility Guidelines
- Answer responses: Feedback such as Correct and Try Again can be read by a screen reader.
- Conversion plans for Flash content that's not screen-reader accessible: Choose “Flash/Shockwave Announcement” in the Learn More area on the Course Home to view conversion plans for currently inaccessible Flash/Shockwave-based animations.
Accessible in Mastering courses: