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Re: Ideas for a curriculum on web accessibility

From: Marja-Riitta Koivunen <marja@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 16:51:01 -0500
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To: Alan Cantor <acantor@oise.utoronto.ca>, WAI Education & Outreach Working Group <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Looks great!

Yet another objective could be to understand how accessibility relates to
usability and how it could be included as a standard part of usability
evaluations.

Marja

At 12:06 PM 3/31/00 -0500, Alan Cantor wrote:
>Further our discussion this morning about the components of a web
>accessibility curriculum, I have drawn up a list of eight "learning
>objectives" that I have used in my workshops and presentations. 
>
>This list is not exhaustive. What other objectives might form part of a
>curriculum on web accessibility? 
>
>By the end of a presentation or workshop, participants will...
>
>1. Understand key concepts about disability and people with
>disabilities.
>
>2. Know the business case for accessibility. 
>
>3. Understand the legal requirements for web accessibility.
>
>4. Be familiar with the assistive technologies and alternative access
>techniques used by people with disabilities to access the Web.
>
>5. Recognize common barriers that people with disabilities encounter
>on the Web.
>
>6. Know the principles of accessible (or universal) web page design
>(or... be familiar with the W3C Web Content Guidelines.)
>
>7. Evaluate the accessibility of your organization's Web site.
>
>8. Improve the accessibility of your organization's Web site.
>
>It is not necessary to cover all objectives. Objective 2 may be excessive
>for web masters, but essential for company executives. Objective 4 would
>be inappropriate for a group of blind programmers, but the most important
>element in a presentation to web-based trainers. 
>
>Note that these objectives only state what will be learned. They do not
>specific how objectives will be met. There are many ways to satisfy an
>objective. For example, to fulfill the fourth objective, the facilitator
>can:
>
>- Show a video that shows people with disabilities operating PCs.
>
>- Demonstrate assistive technologies.
>
>- Ask a sighted volunteer use a screen-reader equipped PC with the
>monitor off.
>
>- Lecture on assistive technologies, and distribute handouts.
>
>Depending on the audience and time available, means to satisfy the 6th
>objective might include:
>
>- Distribute the Quick Tip cards and discuss the ten points. 
>
>- Present a mini-lecture on the Web Content Guidelines.
>
>- Present Chuck and Geoff's Curriculum.
>
>- Ask groups of participants to choose a section of the guidelines,
>study it, and summarize it for the entire group.
>
>Objectives 7 and 8 are experiential objectives, and would form part of a
>longer, more technical course.
>
>Alan
>
Received on Friday, 31 March 2000 16:56:48 GMT

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