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Published on Friday, June 17, 2022

Rethinking Accessibility: Applications in Educational Data Mining Workshop coming in July

Event date: 7/27/2022 Export event

Do you have ideas for how to bring data mining and machine learning to your inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) research?  

If so, you are invited to submit a proposal to join researchers from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Northwestern University at an upcoming 2022 EDM virtual workshop to discuss “Rethinking Accessibility: Applications in Educational Data Mining” 

In recent years, technological advances have made computer-based and digitally-based assessments (DBAs) more mainstream, especially for large-scale evaluations like the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). These new DBAs implement technologies to improve accessibility for all participants with different learning backgrounds, especially those with disabilities, using the universal design (UD) framework. UD rests on the idea that in designing tests, the full range of students who will participate must be kept in mind from the beginning. Under this framework, most DBAs now offer a range of accessibility features (AFs) that consist of accommodations that are available only to students with disabilities (SWDs) as well as UD elements that are available to all students. Through the use of UD, assessments are expected to become more accessible to and equitable for all students.

The goal of this workshop is to help gain a better understanding of the ways in which research on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility benefit from recent advances and improvements in education and policy (e.g., consistent accommodation procedures), education technology (e.g., digital tests), and emerging research methodologies.

Through this workshop we plan to highlight and discover the various approaches and methods through which IDEA research is conducted. Specifically, we aim to explore ways to support this wide research area through data-driven findings.

Submission of proposals is not a requirement to attend this workshop. All researchers interested in this topic area are invited to attend.


For questions regarding the workshop please contact: Juanita Hicks, jhicks@air.org

Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline: June 27, 2022

Latest Acceptance Notification (rolling basis): July 5, 2022

Virtual Workshop: July 27, 2022

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