Developing an Accessible MOOC to Teach ICT Accessibility


Scheduled at 9:15am in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Zerrin Ondin, Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Christopher Lee, Department Head / Director, Georgia Institute of Technology

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


This presentation will discuss AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center’s experience with developing and offering an accessible MOOC (that is, one available to all, including individuals with disabilities) while illustrating design specifications, challenges encountered, reactions from students, and lessons learned.


AMAC decided to offer a MOOC on Accessible ICT with the aim of reaching large number of professionals globally and to teach the fundamentals of accessibility design in the ICT field. The course emphasizes on identifying, evaluating and applying strategies and techniques for making electronic information and communication technology services and products in corporate, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations accessible to all users. Modules were planned to include video lectures, quizzes, forum discussions, and resources. After completing the instructional design of the course, the next step was developing it to be accessible from the outset. While developing the ICT Accessibility MOOC, the AMAC team complied with accessibility practices and also the accessibility evaluation of the MOOC provider was conducted. ICT Accessibility MOOC was launched as an on-demand self-paced study on February 29, 2016. By April 2017, the total enrollment of the course was 5,159.


  1. Teaching ICT accessibility to a large, global audience
  2. Design considerations for an accessible MOOC
  3. International perspective on ICT accessibility challenges and barriers for employees

Disability Areas

Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Zerrin Ondin

Zerrin has a doctorate in Instructional Design and Technologies from Virginia Tech and she earned a graduate level certification in Human-Computer Interaction from the same university. Prior to joining AMAC, Zerrin has worked with Assistive Technology Research Lab where she conducted research related to assistive mobile reading technologies for people with visual impairments. At AMAC, Zerrin works on variety of research projects focusing pedagogical accessibility, universal design for learning, user experience in educational context, and assistive learning technologies.

Christopher Lee

Dr. Christopher Lee serves as Department Head of AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he oversees a wide range of educational initiatives, with emphasis on technology services, products and research. Dr. Lee has been an advocate and pioneer in promoting social justice and entrepreneurship to benefit humankind and to strive for sustainable social change in the field of disabilities. His work has centered on the innovation of new models and techniques to support the integration of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Accessibility in corporate, governmental and nonprofit entities. Responsible for securing millions of dollars to support social justice causes, Dr. Lee has raised the standard for others, thus promoting and emphasizing the importance of ensuring equal and timely access to services and products for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Lee is also a nationally recognized advocate, author, speaker, principal investigator and leader in the fields of learning disabilities and adaptive technology. He has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio and in newspaper articles picked up by the Associated Press. He is a recipient of several national service awards from disability organizations. He was highlighted in the Microsoft Accessible Technology for Everyone feature video and publication. Dr. Lee was recognized in The Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of 50 of Atlanta's promising stars and was highlighted in the PBS children's series A Chance to Read. Dr. Lee was awarded the funds to develop, implement and manage the AccessText Network by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) for being a key contributor in changing the U.S. post-secondary textbook accessibility landscape. His multidisciplinary research interests include ICT Accessibility enterprise transformation, social and psychological stigma factors in education and workplace settings, and telepresence and wearable technologies.


AHG Presentation 2017 - MOOC