Creating a virtual reality OER application to teach web accessibility

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Abstract

Awareness of web accessibility issues is necessary for, amongst other things, good website design. Good website design can mean the difference between disabled users being able to access the website content, or not. This paper describes the impact of a student-led project to develop a VR application, as an Open Education Resource (OER), to increase users’ knowledge and awareness of accessibility. An evaluation for the intervention delivered by the VR application was conducted, according to which, the VR application generally increased knowledge and awareness of web accessibility, but also had a negative impact on some users. The project targetted a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) class taught at the first Sino-foreign higher education institution, University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). UNNC has already been involved in research into flipped classrooms, technology-enhanced teaching, and the development of several OERs. This paper introduces the background, motivation and objectives, design, and specification of the VR application. The impact of the application on users is evaluated, and some possible future work is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE 45th Annual Computers, Software, and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2021
EditorsW. K. Chan, Bill Claycomb, Hiroki Takakura, Ji-Jiang Yang, Yuuichi Teranishi, Dave Towey, Sergio Segura, Hossain Shahriar, Sorel Reisman, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1137-1142
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665424639
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
Event45th IEEE Annual Computers, Software, and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2021 - Virtual, Online, Spain
Duration: 12 Jul 202116 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 IEEE 45th Annual Computers, Software, and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2021

Conference

Conference45th IEEE Annual Computers, Software, and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2021
Country/TerritorySpain
CityVirtual, Online
Period12/07/2116/07/21

Keywords

  • Flipped classroom
  • Human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Virtual reality (VR)
  • Web accessibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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