Selected Publications

The issue this paper addresses is the lack of attention to inclusivity of people with visual impairments in the maker movement. To capture major challenges which blind makers are faced with in makerspaces and to learn how to pursue a more accessible making ecology, three online communities for blind makers (The Blind Arduino Blog; Raspberry VI; and Blind Electronics) have been qualitatively explored based on the autoethnographic approach. As a result, three imperative challenges that need attention in designing inclusive maker tools have been highlighted: (1) inaccessible/undocumented instructions for maker toolkits; (2) a less tangible design of making board; and (3) a lack of multi-sensory modules. Three corresponding practical recommendations drawing from the blind makers’ know-hows along with author’s personal experience as a blind maker, are suggested. This paper contributes to improving the current awareness of accessibility aspects of the maker movement to invite another marginalized group into its discourse.
In TechTrends,2019

Although recent advancements in assistive technology has increasingly enabled people who are blind or visually impaired to challenge themselves to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers, there is a lack of authoring tools available to independently produce scientific documents and materials which are inevitably necessary for a better communication in mainstream practices. While LaTeX, a plain-text-based document preparation system, has been considered an accessible full-fledged authoring and reference management tool, its steep learning curve and limited output type to PDF have made some blind people, who lack programming background and/or who would like to produce different accessible output formats, discouraged. This paper calls attention to the need of introducing an easy-to-write and accessible scientific document authoring tool by defining the scope of a scientific document, highlighting some issues of the conventional methods that the blind community has employed for document production, and suggesting an R Markdown system as a compelling solution. This research has developed and detailed the Accessible RMarkdown Online Writer (AROW) as a hands-on demonstration that proves its capability for highly accessible scientific document production that can be done by a blind individual in multiple formats including Word, RTF, PDF, MathML/MathJax enabled HTML, and presentations.
In Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities (in press),2019

This poster focuses on accessibility concerns that learners with visual impairments (LVIs) face in making environments, particularly with contemporary toolkits. This exploratory study was conducted over a three-day summer making workshop with visually impaired high school students to explore some major challenges and potentials of tangible making and robotics platforms, utilizing KIBO as a model. We explored how a tangible coding platform (KIBO) and accessible design modifications affected individual and collaborative group interaction and cognition.
In International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), ISLS,2018

This autoethnographic study aims to shed light on the collaborative experience of a learner with a visual impairment in a blended CSCL environment. Through the analysis of personal reflections, this qualitative study captures some emergent themes and challenges in both the face-to-face and virtual environments with the intent to improve diversity, accessibility, and equity in CSCL.
In International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference, ISLS,2017

Recent Publications

(2019). Analysis of Caregiver Burden in Palliative Care: An Integrated Review. Nursing Forum.


(2019). LaTeX is NOT Easy: Creating Accessible Scientific Documents With R Markdown. In Journal on Technology & Persons with Disabilities (in press).

Code Project

(2018). Furthering Inclusivity in Making: A Framework for Accessible Design of Makerspaces for Learners with Disabilities. In American Educational Research Association (AERA).


(2018). Accessibility, Making and Tactile Robotics: Facilitating Collaborative Learning and Computational Thinking for Learners with Visual Impairments. In International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), ISLS.

PDF Project

(2017). The Role of ICT in Aiding Visually Impaired Students and Professionals. In Multidisciplinary Academic (MAC) Conference.

PDF Project

(2017). Embracing Learners with Visual Impairments in CSCL. In International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference, ISLS.

PDF Project

(2016). Using Hierarchical Linear Modeling to Measure Growth Rate in a Gamified CBM Environment. In Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference.


Recent & Upcoming Talks

The Rapidly Changing World of Accessible Online Learning
Nov 1, 2017

Recent Posts

CRAN Release for mboxr

I have developed and released mboxr (Seo & Choi, 2019) in the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) last year.

Please consult with the detailed package site for mboxr if you would like to know more about this package.

I will post a hands-on tutorial soon.


Seo, J., & Choi, S. (2019). Mboxr: Converting an mbox file into a tibble. Retrieved from


CRAN Release for ezpickr I have developed and released ezpickr (Seo & Choi, 2019) in the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) just few days ago. Please consult with the detailed package site for ezpickr if you would like to know more about this package. I will post a hands-on tutorial soon. References Seo, J., & Choi, S. (2019). Ezpickr: Import various data file types as a rectangular form using a file picker dialogue box.


Three Available Packages Specialized for Visually Impaired R Users There are three packages for the blind R users (Godfrey, Warren, Murrell, Bilton, & Sorge, 2019; Seo, 2017; Siegert & Williams, 2017). Methods Creswell (2014) suggests a mixed methods study as a balanced methodology between qualitative and quantitative research. Math Test The following shows an accessible Math created by R along with MathJax:



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Inclusive Makerspaces

Seeking solutions for fostering equitable, inclusive, and accessible makerspaces for all learners with diverse abilities.