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Thu 21 Mar 2024 16:35 - 17:00 at Meeting Rooms B113-114 - Accessibility - Inclusive Design Chair(s): Jaromir Savelka

Computer science (CS) and information technology (IT) curricula are grounded in theoretical and technical skills. Topics like equity and inclusive design are rarely found in mainstream student studies. This results in graduates with outdated practices and limitations in software development. A research project was conducted to educate the faculty to integrate inclusive software design into the CS undergraduate curriculum. The objective is to produce graduates with the ability to develop inclusive software.

This experience report presents the results of teaching inclusive design throughout the four-year CS and IT curriculum, focusing on the impact on faculty. This easy-to-adopt, high-impact approach improved student retention and classroom climate, broadening participation. Research questions address faculty understanding of inclusive software design, the approach’s feasibility, improvement in students’ ability to design equitable software and assessment of the inclusiveness culture for students in computing programs.

Faculty attended a summer workshop to learn about inclusive design and update their teaching materials to include the GenderMag method. Beginning in CS0 and CS1 and continuing through Senior Capstone, faculty used updated course assignments to include inclusive design in selected courses throughout the 4-year curriculum. Faculty who implemented inclusive design within their curriculum reported that the approach was minimally disruptive to the overall course curriculum. Faculty outcomes are positive, with the planning process to include inclusive design and working with other department faculty most engaging. Faculty were impressed by student ownership and adoption of inclusive design methods, particularly in the culminating course, Senior Capstone

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15:45 - 17:00
Accessibility - Inclusive DesignPapers at Meeting Rooms B113-114
Chair(s): Jaromir Savelka Carnegie Mellon University
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Accessible to Whom? Bringing Accessibility to BlocksERT Best Paper
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Andreas Stefik University of Nevada at Las Vegas, USA, Willliam Allee University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Gabriel Contreras University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Timothy Kluthe University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Alex Hoffman University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Brianna Blaser University of Washington, Richard Ladner University of Washington
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Beyond HCI: The Need for Accessibility Across the CS CurriculumPCI Best Paper
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Yasmine Elglaly Western Washington University, Catherine Baker Creighton University, Anne Ross Bucknell University, Kristen Shinohara Rochester Institute of Technology
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From Workshops to Classrooms: Faculty Experiences with Implementing Inclusive Design Principles
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Pankati Patel Kean University, Dahana Moz-Ruiz Kean University, Rosalinda Garcia Oregon State University, Amreeta Chatterjee Oregon State University, Patricia Morreale Kean University, Margaret Burnett Oregon State University
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