Dr Scott Hollier and Associate Professor Denise Wood present at Web For All 2013 on the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility and how the course is enabling the Australian Government to comply with WCAG 2.0.
The Path to WCAG 2.0 Through Industry Based Training
The Path toWCAG 2.0Through IndustryBased TrainingDr Scott HollierA/Professor Denise Wood
Web accessibility inAustralia• Australia a signatory to UNCRPD• 18.5% people have some form ofpermanent disability• Government policy on web accessibilityad-hoc and inconsistent until 2010• Catalysts for change:• WCAG 2.0 release in 2008• National Broadband Network (NBN)• Gov 2.0
National TransitionStrategy (NTS)• In June 2010, Australian Federalgovernment released NTS• Three phases:• Preparation phase second half of 2010• Transition phase: 2011• Implementation phase:• WCAG 2.0 Level A by end of 2012• WCAG 2.0 Level AA by end of 2014
Governmentimplementation issues• Lack of resources• Few staff overseeing NTS• Lack of training and internal materials• Need to up-skill staff• ICT professionals need WCAG 2.0 training• Unaware of accessibility in authoring tools• Little practical understanding of how people withdisabilities interact online• Potential solution: create University-backed webaccessibility course based on W3C standards
Market research keyquestions• What are the key objectives of thecourse?• Who is the target audience?• How long should the course run?• Face-to-face component or online only?• What types of assessment would helpstudents?• Are we reinventing the wheel?
Research results• Need: to understand how to incorporateaccessibility into existing work practicesusing existing authoring tools• No obvious existing tertiary-backed course• Basic HTML pre-requisite• Full semester too long, about half the timewould be helpful• Online delivery and flexible with work• Learning to caption video: big priority
CurriculumModules• How people with disabilities access theWeb• Policy and legislation• WCAG 2.0 Level A (time priority)• WCAG 2.0 Level AA & AAA• ATAG 2.0 (draft)• Basic auditing, good V bad design, futuretechnologies (WCAG-EM, WAI-ARIA,HTML5, cloud)
Course assessmentand discussion• Assignments:• Screen reader use with monitor turned off and WCAGPOUR/Guidelines introduction• Captioning of any 2 minute video, ATAG review on anauthoring tool• Creating an accessible website template and auditreport• Forum:• Includes introductions, general discussion, reflectionson modules• Feedback indicates forum discussion is as importantas curriculum and assessment
Successes andchallengesWhat worked:• Successful pilot in 2011, three intakes in 2012,three this year• Integrated accessibility into work practices• Alumni discussion forum createdWhat’s changed:• Three assignments in six weeks too much,provided extra time• Refining admin processes
StudentEvaluations• Before andafter: definiteshift toadvancedknowledge• Little increasein experts
The futureCourse:•Three offerings this year•Ongoing curriculum updates•Incorporation of emerging technologiesW3C:•Looking to support WAI curriculuminitiatives and approval processes
Further information• Course:• www.mediaaccess.org.au/learn• Dr Scott Hollier:• E-mail: email@example.com• Website: www.mediaaccess.org.au• A/Prof Denise Wood:• E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org• Website: www.unisa.edu.au