Step 3 : Information and Communication Technology Integration in post-secondary education

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!

Articles (3)

Resources (7)

[IDRC] Various web related resources on adaptive technology From this page you will branch off to several categories of web related resources on adaptive technology. [SNOW] Education, Access and You! SNOW is the branch of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University that focuses on inclusive education and learning. [IDRC] Standards and Policy The IDRC is working to ensure that inclusive design is incorporated into technical standards and is encouraged by legislation and policies, both within Canada and internationally. Introduction to the Adaptech Research Network The Adaptech Research Network consists of a team of academics, students and consumers. We conduct research involving college and university students with a variety of disabilities in Canada. We are based at Dawson College in Montreal and have been in existence since 1996. Adaptech Research Articles The Adaptech Research Network conducts research on obstacles and facilitators of academic success and on the use of information and communication technologies by Canadian college and university students with disabilities. Adaptech Research Publications Various academic publications. Adaptech Research database of free and inexpensive adaptive technology The Adaptech Research Network has developed a number of resources over the years that may be helpful to members of the community, including an extensive database of free and inexpensive adaptive technology and a set of demonstration videos highlighting the capabilities of some of these tools.
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