Using modules to teach accessibility in a user-centered design course

Amanda Lazar, Jonathan Lazar, Alisha Pradhan

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Abstract

Courses in user-centered design, where students learn about centering design on the needs of individuals, is one natural point in which accessibility content can be injected into the curriculum. We describe the approach we have taken with sections in the undergraduate User-Centered Design Course at the University of Maryland, College Park. We initially introduced disability and accessibility in four modules: 1) websites and design portfolios, 2) introduction to understanding user needs, 3) prototyping, and 4) UX evaluation. We present a description of this content that was taught as an extended version in one Fall 2018 section and as an abbreviated version in all sections in Spring 2019. Survey results indicate that students' understanding of accessibility and assistive technology increased with the introduction of these modules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages554-556
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366762
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 24 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2019Oct 30 2019

Publication series

NameASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

Conference21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period10/28/1910/30/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

Keywords

  • Course design
  • Curricula
  • User Centered Design

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