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ERIC Number: EJ1247072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2379-7762
Building a Fluent Assistive Technology Testing Pool to Improve Campus Digital Accessibility (Practice Brief)
Shachmut, Kyle; Deschenes, Amy
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v32 n4 p445-452 Win 2019
Usability testing that includes people who are fluent in assistive technology is an important way to ensure that digital products meet the needs of all users. In settings such as universities, with highly distributed content creator networks and vast differences in project sizes and scopes, it can be challenging for non-experts to find and use the best methods to assess accessibility. This article describes creation of a pilot pool of fluent assistive technology users from the surrounding geographic area made widely available internally to university content creators. The availability of the pool (n = 40) provided increased capacity to test internally developed products and vended solutions, increasing overall accessibility assessments at the university. Authors review the benefits and challenges in creating the participant pool, along with implementation details. Further discussion includes efficiencies for the university, learning by content creators, and potential directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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