Flip or Flop – Flipped Classroom Teaching on Accessibility

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Presented at 12:30pm in Virtual A on Friday, November 13, 2020.



  • Gottfried Zimmermann, Professor, Stuttgart Media University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


In a flipped classroom approach, learners learn asynchronously at home, while the joint face-to-face time is dedicated to discussion and group interaction. This presentation will provide practical tips and examples on how to teach digital accessibility in a way that is engaging and providing theoretical and practical skills to the learners.


There is a great demand on training for digital accessibility, in particular for professionals in the field producing official documents or designing websites, software, mobile apps, kiosks. Teaching by online courses scales well, but – without additional support through mentors – has the drawback of high drop-off rates due to lack of motivation and endurance by the course participants. A "flipped classroom" approach can help by providing – in addition to the online course – face-to-face encounters and a social learning environment for discussions and group work. I will present experiences on a blended learning approach that I am taking to teach about digital accessibility for my master students of media informatics and for vocational training. It includes an online course which has evolved from the MOOC Accessibility Partnership (MOOCAP) in Europe. The current course uses the MOOCAP user stories and is structured along the European accessibility standard EN 301 549 v3.1.1.


  1. The audience understands the blended learning approach for a11y teaching.
  2. The audience understands the European accessibility standard EN 301 549 and its structure.
  3. The audience knows about the MOOCAP user stories and how to use them for teaching on accessibility.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Institutional/Campus Change, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Gottfried Zimmermann

Dr. Gottfried Zimmermann is professor of mobile user interaction at the Stuttgart Media University, Germany. He is passionate for digital accessibility in research, teaching and standardization. Leading the Competence Center on Digital Accessibility at Stuttgart Media University, he is involved in various research projects on personalized user interfaces and "inclusive responsiveness". He is an ACM Senior Member, and author of numerous publications and international standards.