Towards a Certificate on Accessible Teaching – Considerations and insights into the draft syllabus


Presented at 2:15pm in Denver 4-6 on Thursday, November 17, 2022.



  • Gottfried Zimmermann, Professor, Stuttgart Media University

Session Details

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


This presentation will present the plans for a certificate on accessible teaching in Germany, spear-headed by the SHUFFLE project.


The presentation will include the following parts (not necessarily in this order): - Introduction to the SHUFFLE project on accessible teaching ( - Motivation for establishing a certificate for university and school teachers on accessible teaching - Modules of a draft syllabus (body of knowledge) specifying the competencies that are required for the certificate - Further plans on establishing the certificate - Questions and discussion


  1. The SHUFFLE project develops instruments for making universities more accessible in Germany.
  2. The draft syllabus describes the competencies that a certified teacher needs to have.
  3. There is a chance on joining forces to make this certification an international effort.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Captioning/Transcription, Faculty Development & Support, Other, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Universal Design for Learning, Web/Media/App Access

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.


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