SOFTWARE FOR ASSESSING COMPUTER USAGE SKILLS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$249,151.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
PHS2001-2
Award Id:
55960
Agency Tracking Number:
2R42NS036252-02A1
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1721 ABBOTT, ANN ARBOR, MI 48103, ANN ARBOR, MI, 48103
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
HEIDI KOESTER
(313) 663-7292
HHK@UMICH.EDU
Business Contact:
(313) 663-7292
Research Institute:
EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
YPSILANTI, MI, 48197

Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
DESCRIPTION: Accurate functional assessment of a user's abilities is a key component of successful computer access interventions. Continued development of an easy-to-use software tool is proposed for measuring users' skills in various kinds of computer interaction, including motor actions, perceptual activities, and cognitive activities. This tool will help practitioners diagnose difficulties with an existing interface, evaluate and compare the expected performance with candidate access systems, plan training interventions, track changes in a user's abilities over time, and measure the overall effectiveness of an intervention. In Phase I, we successfully designed, developed, and evaluated a working prototype for the computerized assessment of keyboard and pointing input skills. Phase II will expand the system to incorporate other skill families, such as switch use, and additional features based on feedback from Phase I evaluators. By the end of Phase II, we will have market-ready systems for both the Macintosh and Windows computer platforms. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: Not Available

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