[NFBK] Recruiting for second round of user testing - PBS Kids accessible games development

Noble,Stephen L. steve.noble at louisville.edu
Wed Jun 24 00:13:40 UTC 2020

Note: this is *round 2* of user testing. Both new testers and returning testers are able to participate. All participants who complete this study will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

I am assisting on a project with WNET/PBS Kids and Bridge Multimedia to design a new accessible elementary-level math learning video game based on the long-running PBS Cyberchase series [If you are unfamiliar with the show, check out http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/videos/ ]. The goal of the project is to design a fully-accessible mainstream math learning game that can be used by all young children, including children who may have a disability. The project is supported with funding from OSEP at the US Department of Education.

This will be the second such game to be developed, the first game "Railway Hero" was released in 2018. See https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/supporting-your-child-with-disabilities-with-digital-learning-games

We are currently recruiting young students for alpha and beta testing for the new game. All user testing will be done remotely. We are especially looking for children with visual, hearing or learning disabilities.

Here is the inclusion criteria for the user trials:

  *   Child must be 6-8 years old (can go slightly older if developmental delay is present)
  *   Child must demonstrate any type or degree of impairment that impacts learning or sensory access
  *   Child must have access to a device at home such a computer or tablet with internet access to play the game
  *   An adult must be able to help facilitate the testing at home with the child

Other details...

  *   Testing will be done remotely using either Microsoft Teams or Skype.
  *   Testing will take about 1 hour.
  *   Testing will take place between July 1 and July 8.
  *   Slots will be available during the day, in the evening and on the weekend to accommodate parent/child schedules.

Parents who are interested in having their child try out the game should please contact me directly for further details:
Steve Noble
Steve.noble at louisville.edu<mailto:Steve.noble at louisville.edu>

Disclaimer: The accessibility development for PBS Kids Cyberchase accessible learning apps has been partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Projects, through grants #H327C150007 and H327C150008. However, this content does not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.

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