Colaboratory II: "What Can be"


“What are barriers to what “ought to be done” to create a sustainable model of assistive technology to support students in accessing and progressing in the general education curriculum?"


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Some of the interesting data that emerged from the Colaboratory focusing on the Barriers are:

  • The Total Number of Barriers generated (N) = 55
  • The Total Number of Barriers receiving one or mote Votes (V) = 19
  • The Total Number of Distinct Connections in the Barriers Map (K) = 51
  • The Number of Barriers in the Map (R) = 14
  • The Divergence from a Total Agreement (D) = 28%
  • The Situational Complexity Index (SCI) = 3.77.

The total number of preference votes cast were equal to 80 votes. The total number of votes received by the 14 Barriers selected for Mapping is equal to 75 (93.8%). So most of the barriers voted by the participants as being of higher relative importance were mapped in Figure 2. The three most important barriers, namely # 54, 12, and 11, received 30 out of 80 votes (38%). None of these 3 very important barriers were diagnosed as drivers in the Root Cause Map.

The three barriers diagnosed as drivers in the Root Cause Map, namely # 47, 50, and 31. received only 9 votes out of 80 votes (11%).

Finally, the production of the Root Cause Map required the participants to answer 64 pairwise questions out of a total of 182 questions that they would have to answer if they did not use the CSII software. This means that they answered only 35.2% of questions, contributing to a saving of about 65% in terms of the time required to construct a Root Cause Map for the barriers identified.

The Root Cause Map is a snapshot of the Wall preventing the attainment of the ideal state for AT as displayed graphically in the Design and Development Frame that has been adopted for this program.

April 12 (1:00 - 4:30)
April 13 (8:30 - 4:30)

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