“Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society” course to promote accessible ICT design
The Web and Internet Science (WAIS) research group launched a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) designed to promote accessible ICT design and overcome the barriers faced by persons with physical or cognitive disabilities. The “Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society” course has already started supporting students from 50 different countries.
The curriculum highlights the relevance of inclusive and user-centered design to generate services that attain to the needs of everyone thus promoting a more inclusive environment. It explores web design as well as devices including computers, mobile phones and ATM machines. It also intends to generate awareness about different assistive technologies that are already available on the market.
The five-week course was designed by members from the University of Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science Accessibility Team with the support of other European universities. It is open to everyone and will keep running until September 2017. It targets designers, web developers, business managers, elderly, persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.
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