Teaching inclusive technology design at the University of Dundee


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Presentation given at eAccess 12 conference, 28 June 2012, London, as part of a session on e-accessibility, education and professional skills

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  • Our history Approach to teaching inclusion Activities Beyond the degree…staff development, institutional support Challenges and opportunities
  • Design Meets Disability, written by Graham Pullin, a colleague at the University of Dundee – an inspiration for an approach to innovative, quality design that embraces rather than marginalises people with specific needs Example topics – social networking and digital game playing by older people; a system to enable joke telling for non-speaking people; supporting web developers identify and repair accessibility barriers
  • The photo shows the User Centre – a drop in facility for older people to come and develop ICT skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. They become research partners and expert consultants on ageing and technology, and participate in student learning experiences. We also have links to a variety of disability groups, in particular people with severe speech and physical disabilities, who work with us on research and teaching activities.
  • Teaching inclusive technology design at the University of Dundee

    1. 1. Teaching inclusivetechnology designat the University ofDundee David Sloan @sloandr 28 June eAccess 12, London
    2. 2. Overview David Sloan, 28 June 2012 2
    3. 3. History • Established 1980, developed into as a world- leading research centre on technology for disabled and older people • A responsibility to use this expertise to influence next generation of ICT developers David Sloan, 28 June 2012 3
    4. 4. Approach to inclusive ICT education• Integrated throughout the curriculum – Different subjects – Different levels – Focus of individual and group projects• Inclusive design is taught inclusively – not as a standalone, specialist subject David Sloan, 28 June 2012 4
    5. 5. People-centred inclusive design education David Sloan, 28 June 2012 5
    6. 6. Impact • Greater awareness and application of inclusive design as a basic skill amongst graduates • Skills appreciated by employers • Reputation for a pioneering, progressive approach to teaching inclusive ICT design David Sloan, 28 June 2012 6
    7. 7. General challenges• Co-ordination across teaching staff• Research – teaching link• Responsibility to influence ICT/Web education beyond the degree programme• Engaging students• Access to/involvement of groups with specific needs• Recognition of excellence vs raising standards David Sloan, 28 June 2012 7
    8. 8. Acknowledgments• Photos: Mike Crabb, Nick Hine, Chris Martin and Sergio Sayago• European Thematic Network on eAccessibility: eAccess+ David Sloan, 28 June 2012 8
    9. 9. THANKYOU!email: dsloan@computing.dundee.ac.uktwitter: @sloandrblogs: www.58sound.com --- blog.dundee.ac.uk/eaccessibilitywork: www.dmag.org.uk --- www.computing.dundee.ac.uk 9