Blind web development training at oysters and pearls technology camp in Uganda

Claire Kearney-Volpe, Amy Hurst, Scott Fitzgerald

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Abstract

Despite a growing emphasis and vocational demand for STEM education and code literacy, many coding resources and curricula are not easily accessible to individuals with vision impairments. Given the international demand for code literacy and web development skills, we must strive to create accessible educational materials that are effective across multiple cultures. In this paper we describe formative work in the development and evaluation of a 7-day course in web development that we taught at the Oysters and Pearls Technology Camp in Gulu, Uganda to 13 Blind and Low-Vision students who had no experience building websites. We describe our curriculum design, development of custom tactile and software educational tools, and student experiences taking the course. Students in the course learned new web development skills and self-reported a strong sense of pride and enthusiasm to continue their studies upon completion of the course. We make suggestions for future iterations of this curriculum and generalizable advice to others interested in developing accessible programming courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367165
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StatePublished - May 13 2019
Event16th International Web for All Conference: Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: May 13 2019May 15 2019

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NameProceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019

Conference

Conference16th International Web for All Conference: Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period5/13/195/15/19

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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Blindness
  • Code literacy
  • Low-vision
  • Stem education
  • Web development

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  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Kearney-Volpe, C., Hurst, A., & Fitzgerald, S. (2019). Blind web development training at oysters and pearls technology camp in Uganda. In Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019 (Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3315002.3317562

Blind web development training at oysters and pearls technology camp in Uganda. / Kearney-Volpe, Claire; Hurst, Amy; Fitzgerald, Scott.

Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2019. (Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Kearney-Volpe, C, Hurst, A & Fitzgerald, S 2019, Blind web development training at oysters and pearls technology camp in Uganda. in Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019. Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 16th International Web for All Conference: Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019, San Francisco, United States, 5/13/19. https://doi.org/10.1145/3315002.3317562
Kearney-Volpe C, Hurst A, Fitzgerald S. Blind web development training at oysters and pearls technology camp in Uganda. In Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2019. (Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019). https://doi.org/10.1145/3315002.3317562
Kearney-Volpe, Claire ; Hurst, Amy ; Fitzgerald, Scott. / Blind web development training at oysters and pearls technology camp in Uganda. Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2019. (Proceedings of the 16th Web For All 2019 Personalization - Personalizing the Web, W4A 2019).
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