Hot Potatoes

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The Hot Potatoes suite is made up of six applications that allow those who do not have a high degree of technical skills to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for presentation on a web page.  An example of a gap filling exercise can be found on the Quality Improvement Agency Centre of Excellence website.  

Accessibility can be an issue for those using screen readers but on the whole as the quizzes are saved to a web page the text and background colours can be changed and the pages zoom well for a degree of magnification. Oxford Brookes University carried out an evaluation of Hot Potatoes in April 2008 and said: "Hot Potatoes uses W3C compliant JavaScript to run the quizzes which may cause accessibility issues.  This is something that would need to be tested independently using screen readers etc. Staff who have students with learning disabilities need to make sure they can access the test in an alternative format."