Georgia Tech and EdX offer new ICT accessibility online course

License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. By Elspeth Briscoe. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elspethbriscoe/

License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. By Elspeth Briscoe. Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elspethbriscoe/

One of the most relevant contemporary challenges related to the adoption of ICTs is ensuring that they are accessible for persons with disabilities. Although international organizations – such as the W3C – have published several different standards and recommendations to promote the design of accessible platforms, achieving the goal of accessibility will also require other interventions, including training developers and information professionals.

To address this problem, Georgia Tech has partnered with the EdX online learning platform to launch a new course called “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility” targeted for midcareer professionals in different areas such as business, policy making and software development. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will start on the 29th of February and will be available for free to any user with an internet connection.

Some of the main topics that will be covered are the principles of accessible ICT design and assistive technologies as well as accessible documents, multimedia, operations and web design. Additionally, it will try to guide the users to learn how to incorporate ICT accessibility into organizations, studying topics such as compliance, stakeholders, employees and customers’ benefits.

Sign in to learn more about accessible design and ICTs in the EdX website: “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility 

 

Additional Sources: Global Accessibility News