ISEDJ

Information Systems Education Journal

Volume 18

V18 N1 Pages 4-13

February 2020


Teaching Accessible Design: Integrating Accessibility Principles and Practices into an Introductory Web Design Course


Michael Whitney
Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA


Abstract: Curb cuts and automatic doors are a commonplace in the physical world as they provide access to our buildings for persons with disabilities. In the world of the web, millions of individuals have the legal right to rely on electronic curb cuts so they too can access the web. To this end, a new generation of information systems graduates must understand the dynamics of accessible web design. However, this subject is commonly taught as an add on topic with minimal impact on student knowledge and practice. Thus, the purpose of this article is to present an integrated approach to teaching accessible web design in an introductory web design course. The main contributions of this paper include (1) a background on web accessibility, (2) a review of pertinent assessment tools and legislation, and (3) a model for integrating web accessibility into an introductory web design course.

Keywords: accessible design, Computing education, Integrative Learning, web accessibility

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Recommended Citation: Whitney, M. (2020). Teaching Accessible Design: Integrating Accessibility Principles and Practices into an Introductory Web Design Course. Information Systems Education Journal, 18(1) pp 4-13. http://isedj.org/2020-18/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIGCON 2019)