ICT 316 Universal Access: Information and Work Environments

Universal design is a holistic concept that can be applied to everything from computer software to electronics to dishes. It is the idea that accessibility and usability standards should be blended together to create information that anyone can access. More specifically, web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to information on websites. When websites are correctly designed,developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality. The focus of the course is on how web accessibility can be implemented successfully in working environments by creating digital resources online that all consumers can use. In this course, you will learn how information must be presented that is flexible and adaptive to different users’ needs or preferences, accessible through a variety of different technologies and why it is easier and more cost effective to design websites and social media content correctly the first time than re-designing it later. Students will compare and contrast accessible and inaccessible websites and social media and also perform a web accessibility audit for an actual business.

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