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Southampton Education School

Research project: Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set

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New technologies have transformed daily life. Yet capacity for producing accessible digital tools and services has not kept pace with demand, exacerbating digital exclusion for disabled people and older people, amongst others.

Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set deliver a transformative programme of research into digital accessibility education at university and in the workplace. This is done to build workforce capacity for the development of accessible digital tools and services. Digital technologies have revolutionised daily life. Yet capacity for producing accessible tools and services has not kept pace with demand. This has exacerbated digital exclusion among disabled people and older populations. 'Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set' sets out to address this urgent issue. The study seeks to enhance the teaching of digital accessibility by delivering a new body of pedagogical knowledge grounded in empirical research. This will give teachers, trainers and peer-educators in computer science, industry, digital government and elsewhere a substantial body of knowledge to draw upon, to develop their teaching and more effectively build and scale learner’s accessibility expertise. To do this, the four-year study deploys a range of innovative participatory methods to build and also share knowledge, to create learning networks for accessibility educators and foster pedagogical culture.

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Centre for Research in Inclusion
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