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A pedagogical example of teaching Universal Access

A pedagogical example of teaching Universal Access

Keates, Simeon ORCID: 0000-0002-2826-672X (2015) A pedagogical example of teaching Universal Access. Universal Access in the Information Society, 14 (1). pp. 97-110. ISSN 1615-5289 (Print), 1615-5297 (Online) (doi:

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Designing for Universal Access requires designers to have a good understanding of the full range of users and their capabilities, appropriate datasets, and the most suitable tools and techniques. Education clearly plays an important role in helping designers acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to find the relevant information about the users and then apply it to produce a genuinely inclusive design. This paper presents a reflective analysis of a variant of the “Usability and Accessibility” course for MSc students, developed and delivered by the author over five successive semesters at the IT University of Copenhagen. The aim is to examine whether this course provided an effective and useful method for raising the issues around Universal Access with the designers of the future. This paper examines the results and conclusions from the students over five semesters of this course and provides an overview of the success of the different design and evaluation methods. The paper concludes with a discussion of the effectiveness of each of the specific methods, techniques and tools used in the course, both from design and education perspectives.

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Additional Information: [1] The Author's Accepted Manuscript version has been uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. This is the Author’s Accepted Manuscript version of a paper published in UNIVERSAL ACCESS IN THE INFORMATION SOCIETY by Springer International Publishing on 7 January 2015. The final publication is available at Springer via
Uncontrolled Keywords: usability, accessibility, universal, access education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Future Technology and the Internet of Things
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