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Step Information and Communication Technology Integration in post-secondary education

In this session, the Inclusive Design Research Centre (OCAD University, Toronto) will show attendees how to make more course content more inclusive. The session will include practical strategies, links to relevant how-tos, and checker sites for validating work. Participants will work with tools that enable personalized interfaces. At the end of the laboratory, participants will know how to make content more inclusive and will know more about integrating related tools.

In this session, participants will explore the concept of inclusive design as well as the technology side with Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) of OCAD University (Toronto). IDRC has created a framework called Infusion (Javascript). Furthermore, they have developed various projects using this framework to create tools that support personalization and customization of user interfaces, content, devices; etc. Technical background is not required!

We will have the pleasure to welcome two experts from the Inclusive Design Research Centre of OCAD University (Toronto) in the third session of this VTE laboratory:

Anastasia Cheetham, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Inclusive Software Developer/Researcher

  • Member of the Floe Project development team. The Floe Project is working to develop tools that help transform, augment, and personalize the learning experience for the full diversity of learners and content producers.
  • Member of the Fluid Project development team. The Fluid Project is creating a user interface architecture that will enable the creation and consistent use of modular, reusable, and swappable user interface components.
  • Member of IMS Accessibility Special Interest Group, developing accessibility specifications for educational system interoperability
  • Convenor of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC36 Working Group 7, which develops standard related to culture, language and individual needs in the field of information technology for learning, education and training.

Michelle D’Souza, Senior Inclusive Software Developer

More specifically the following topics will be covered:

  • Introductions
  • What is disability?
  • What is accessibility?
  • What is Inclusive Design?
  • The Floe Project: Tools for Personalization
  • Strategies for making content personalizable
  • Open discussions.
  • How about participating in a short collaborative practical guide of Inclusive Design and Adaptive Technology?

Looking forward to seeing you online!


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