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RE: web survey tool recommendations?

From: Udas, Ken <Ken.Udas@openpolytechnic.ac.nz>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 16:33:51 +1200
Message-ID: <4B2093FFC31B7A45862B62A376EA7176058751FF@mickey.topnz.ac.nz>
To: "James Craig" <wai-ig@cookiecrook.com>, "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>


> Can anyone recommend an accessible (and standards-compliant) tool for 
> web surveys? Or at least one that's close-enough to accessible that I 
> can tweak it myself.

Hello.  I am currently putting together a bit of a tutorial for a workshop that I have been asked to provide.  It is on accessibility relative to online learning.  One of the major issues confronting facilitators/teacher, learning designers, and learners is accessible assessment techniques.  In online learning, assessment frequently has a survey-like component.  If you have any luck with your request, I would be quite glad to know.  In addition, as I test a few tools, I will let you know what I find out.

> I would prefer an open source solution in PHP/MySQL for 
> Apache/Linux.

On another note, I am very involved with an Open Source learning management system project and an Open Source community project platform project.  If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to access information on Eduforge at 

Eduforge is a virtual collaborative learning and exploratory environment designed for the sharing of ideas, research outcomes, open source educational software, and tools within a community of learners and researchers.  It is an open access resource allowing anyone with an interest in the exploration of teaching and learning to join the community.  Eduforge encourages cross-institutional collaboration among individuals within an independent environment outside the normal boundaries of organisational infrastructure and resources. The Eduforge community is well supported by online communication, content and management tools, including Wiki tools, project management, forum, surveys, Current Versions System (CVS), and document uploading and sharing.

The Open Source e-Learning Platform is located at

The NZ Open Source Virtual Learning Environment Project is the implementation of e-learning content creation tools and an open source virtual learning environment (VLE) for use by a group of tertiary education organisations throughout New Zealand. The project team will adopt and contribute to e-learning application software from active open source communities. The principal goal of the project is to collaboratively establish an e-learning platform that minimises the financial, organisational, and technological barriers to sharing resources across New Zealand's education sector. The platform adopts a flexible technical architecture appropriate for a dynamic environment, in which individual application components use open standards and are independent, modular, and extendable. This paper is intended to accompany a short demonstration of the platform.

In any event, we recognise that both of the projects require a fair amount of work around accessibility.  If there is anybody in this group that is keen to provide input to either of these communities regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact me directly or refer to the URLs above.  In the case of Eduforge, we are contributing to the GForge application community via a team of programmers that is helping us with Eduforge.  The Open Source e-Learning Platform project is working with the Moodle community and others.  I will gladly support an accessibility requirements gathering exercise.

Regardless, if you are involved with a distributed education related project, please feel free to visit Eduforge and take advantage of the collaboration and communication tools to support your project.

Take Care



Ken Udas, Ph.D.
E-Learning Director
The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Phone:   +64 4 913 5074    Mobile: 027 457 4426
E-Mail:   ken.udas@openpolytechnic.ac.nz
URLs:    <http://www.openpolytechnic.ac.nz>

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. -  Oscar  Wilde

-----Original Message-----
From: James Craig [mailto:wai-ig@cookiecrook.com]
Sent: Thursday, 8 July 2004 9:55 a.m.
Subject: web survey tool recommendations?

Can anyone recommend an accessible (and standards-compliant) tool for 
web surveys? Or at least one that's close-enough to accessible that I 
can tweak it myself.

I would prefer an open source solution in PHP/MySQL for Apache/Linux. A 
simple, one-page survey with some report data is all I need.

Thanks in advance,
James Craig

Received on Sunday, 11 July 2004 00:40:28 UTC

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