Widgets to support disabled learners: A challenge to participatory inclusive design

Voula Gkatzidou, Elaine Pearson, Steve Green, Franck Olivier Perrin

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    This paper describes a combinatorial methodology that responds to the challenge of inclusive design drawing from the fields of participatory design and agile development. We describe the Widgets for Inclusive Distributed Environment (WIDE) study that aims to produce open source widgets that can be plugged into a range of learning environments to support disabled learners and are freely available for use and adaptation by the wider community. The research adopted a mixed methodology by involving disabled learners not just as research subjects but as consultants, designers and partners. We describe the WIDE process in terms of the participants' involvement. The evaluation findings of the study highlight the importance of a mixed methodology for inclusive e-learning design and contribute to the understanding of HCI approaches in the context of designing participatory studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2011
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
    Event23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference - Canberra, ACT, Australia
    Duration: 28 Nov 20112 Dec 2011


    Conference23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference
    Abbreviated titleOzCHI 2011
    CityCanberra, ACT


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