Inclusive Design and Education at the School of Computing, University of Dundee David Sloan Middlesex University,  26th June
Research focus <ul><li>Department of Applied Computing established by Prof. Alan Newell in 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>Since th...
Teaching Inclusive Design <ul><li>Accessibility and inclusive design is pervasive throughout taught degrees: </li></ul><ul...
Developing empathy first <ul><li>We believe that students need the chance to empathise with diverse users </li></ul><ul><u...
Other activities  <ul><li>Involvement in inclusive design initiatives - iDesign, UTOPIA </li></ul><ul><li>Research and con...
Challenges <ul><li>Helping students acknowledge the diversity of diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>..age is not a reliable i...
Key components of the Dundee approach  <ul><li>We are lucky to have a culture of inclusive design - but staff do their bes...
More information <ul><li>www.computing.dundee.ac.uk </li></ul>
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Presentation given by David Sloan at a workshop on Utilising Best Practice in ICT Design for All Teaching, held at Middlesex University on June 26 2008

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Inclusive Design and Accessibility Education at the University of Dundee

  1. 1. Inclusive Design and Education at the School of Computing, University of Dundee David Sloan Middlesex University, 26th June
  2. 2. Research focus <ul><li>Department of Applied Computing established by Prof. Alan Newell in 1980 </li></ul><ul><li>Since then has become one of the world’s largest research groups in the area of disability and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Current themes include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive and healthcare technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive systems design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See http://www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/ac_research/ for more details </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Teaching Inclusive Design <ul><li>Accessibility and inclusive design is pervasive throughout taught degrees: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BSc Hons Applied Computing: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A component of all 3 first year courses, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 of 4 of second year courses, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 of 8 third year courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 of 11 final year courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MSc Applied Computing: 3 of the 7 courses </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Developing empathy first <ul><li>We believe that students need the chance to empathise with diverse users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking to them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding their needs (and what they don’t need) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THEN we can introduce ‘technical’ accessibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So guidelines, standards etc are applied with an understanding of WHY they are important </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Other activities <ul><li>Involvement in inclusive design initiatives - iDesign, UTOPIA </li></ul><ul><li>Research and consultancy in accessibility and inclusive design - Digital Media Access Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clients in education, healthcare, technology, financial sectors… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UoD’s Web Accessibility Advisory service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All experiences that help to inform and influence teaching </li></ul>
  6. 6. Challenges <ul><li>Helping students acknowledge the diversity of diversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>..age is not a reliable indicator of capability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoiding seeing accessibility purely as an exercise in compliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging a thoughtful approach to inclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Understanding why accessibility is not considered as widely as we might expect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness of business resistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The value of a pragmatic approach to inclusive design; that is audience-sensitive </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Key components of the Dundee approach <ul><li>We are lucky to have a culture of inclusive design - but staff do their best to share experiences with students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research inspired projects; anecdotes and stories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encouraging contact between students and diverse users </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility theme through most courses - so never optional! </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility not rewarded with extra marks - instead marks deducted for its absence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>So it is treated as a basic requirement, not a negotiable extra </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. More information <ul><li>www.computing.dundee.ac.uk </li></ul>
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