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Research project: Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set

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Imperatives for digital inclusion mean there is growing demand for graduates with the knowledge and skills to produce digital services that are accessible to disabled people and older populations.  Accessibility is mandated by a body of laws that constitute digital disability rights. However, a lack of progress in the delivery of accessible digital services, tools and resources mean that disabled and older people face persistent digital barriers.  There is a pressing need to develop accessibility capacity in the digital workforce.

Dates: May 2019 – April 2023

To address this, ‘Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Skill Set’ is a 4-year research study (2019-2023) funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the flag-ship Future Leaders Fellowship programme. The study seeks to build understanding of pedagogies of digital accessibility in computer science education, technical disciplines and the workplace, so that teachers, trainers and peer-educators in academia and the tech sector have empirical research and evidence-based resources to call upon when developing their teaching, to ensure effective learning experiences can be achieved and scaled.

The research involves 4 qualitative work packages deploying methods including ethnographic case studies, video stimulated focus groups, expert panel methods, and impact residencies. These seek to investigate and elucidate teaching and learning from a range of perspectives in a range of contexts. This is done to build dialogue between academia, industry, government and the third sector, to enhance understanding and substantiate and grow accessibility education as field of sustained pedagogic research.

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Centre for Research in Inclusion
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