Accessibility isn't a feature, It's a quality - Heydon Pickering
My talks on Designing for Diverse Populations, Inclusive Design, and Implementing Accessibility in the Public Sector, reflect the principle of promoting and working with diverse communities. My collaborative projects promote faculty professional development around the creation of accessible classroom materials and assignments.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs famously outlined human motivation extending his ideas to belonging, curiosity, and self-actualization. Jaime Wood, MFA and I combined our research into a model for online learning spaces and curriculum. Content needs to be accessible, reliable, and usable, before it can ask learners to participate at a motivational level. This research is used in reference of inclusive design practices in online learning at the Office of Academic Innovation at Portland State.
Questions & Challenges
Understanding compliance vs. usability
Building buy-in around accessibility
Integrating software that is accessible & usable
Promoting Universal Design for Learning
WCAG Guidelines were written for web developers and can often be complicated to apply to outside situations. The WCAG Accessibility worksheet is designed to highlight the important standards and apply them to a style guide that is consistent for developing accessible digital materials in the higher educational environment.