Student Benefits and Teaching Resources for Including Accessibility/Inclusive Design Topics in University Courses

Handouts

Scheduled at 2:00pm in Cotton Creek II on Friday, November 22.

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Speaker(s)

  • Howard Kramer, PI, University of Colorado Boulder

Session Details

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

Summary

The session will review the results of a study to measure the student benefits of taking accessibility and Inclusive Design topics in college level courses. Benefits for both career and academic work will be explored. In addition, learn about curriculum resources and strategies for teaching about accessibility.

Abstract

This session will discuss the preliminary results from a national survey to gauge the student benefits of taking accessibility and Universal Design topics in post-secondary courses. About a dozen programs and schools with a focus on Computer Science, Digital Media, Environmental Design, or other technical or design-related programs, agreed to distribute the survey to their current students and recent graduates. To date we have received 174 responses. Students who had taken these topics overwhelmingly rated these topics as either crucial (48.3%) or very valuable (31.7%). The results of this preliminary survey support the idea that including courses with these topics has notable work or career benefits, including finding employment. Other findings and resources for teaching about accessibility will also be addressed.

Keypoints

  1. Web accessibility is not often taught in college curricula.
  2. Students report a strong interest in web accessibility topics when they are available in courses.
  3. Students report benefits, both academically and in career aspects, in learning about accessibility

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Howard Kramer

Mr. Kramer has worked in assistive technology, disability, information systems and accessible media for more than 25 years. From 1997-2012 he worked with Disability Services at CU-Boulder, establishing the Assistive Technology Lab, which serves students with disabilities needing specialized access. He is founder and coordinator for the Accessing Higher Ground Conference: Accessible Media, Web & Technology, and teaches courses on Universal Design at CU-Boulder.

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