Scientific Graph Reading

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Content of the module

Scientific Graph Reading is a web-based interactive, which contains multiple interactive lessons designed to show how to read and analyze scientific graphing data. This learning interactive demonstrates the value of being able to read and plot scientific data on a graph, as well as using the graph data to analyze growth or deterioration over time.


Users explore how to read scientific graphs in an interface that uses a mouse or trackpad and keyboard. The module requires mostly mouse or trackpad clicking and a few instances of typing using a keyboard. For example, the end of the module contains an option for questions that require typed answers. However, the user could still use the module without completing those questions.


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Input devices
Requires mouse or trackpad, may be accessible for some special equipment replacing trackpad. It does not include an option to map buttons to the keyboard, which may create difficulty for those who need longer to perform tasks with the mouse.
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Audio narration and ambient noise is present; however, the interactive can be completed without sound.
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Visual Aspects
The interactive lessons in the module do not contain any accessibility features for visually impaired users. However, the module does offer video lessons which feature stereo sound.
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This module is only usable on platforms that support Adobe Flash, which may no longer be supported by browsers beginning in 2020. It is not supported by mobile devices.
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This learning interactive is available in English only.
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Fine Motor Skills
This module does not require great precision, so it may still be suitable for users with fine motor issues or eye–hand coordination difficulties. The module does give users the opportunity to type their answers to learning prompts. However, typing a correct answer is not required in order to advance through the interactive.
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Subtitles are present, easy to ready, and identify the speaker.