Working internationally to meet the academic needs of accessibility professionals

Whitney, Gill (2013) Working internationally to meet the academic needs of accessibility professionals. In: 12th European AAATE Conference, 19-22 September 2013, Vilamoura, Portugal.

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Abstract

Middlesex University has recently launched a new qualification, the Post Graduate Certificate, Professional Practice in Design for Diversity in Information and Communication Technology. This programme replaces the MSc Digital Inclusion which was launched four years ago and has been withdrawn due to lack of interest from potential students. The aim of this paper is to address the design and management decisions which went into the creation of this new programme and the way in which the academic community can support students who wish to learn about accessibility whilst holding down difficult jobs and working as figureheads in the accessibility field. Both the MSc Digital Inclusion and the Post Graduate Certificate Professional Practice in Design for Diversity in Information and Communication Technology were based on content created from within the EDeAN: European Design for all eAccessibility Network. This on-going collaboration should enable the material to be of a suitable quality, suitable depth and fit for purpose to enable the graduates to practice as accessibility professionals in both Europe and the USA. It will enable the students to understand both the technical and user benefits of solutions such as ambient assisted living as well as the relevant ethical and business case.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): Design for diversity; work based learning
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Artificial Intelligence group
Item ID: 10952
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Depositing User: Gill Whitney
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2013 04:58
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:27
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10952

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