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June 14, 2024

The Case for Change: Accessibility, Inclusion, and Equity in Computer Science Education

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Watch the recording of our webinar and join Dr. Brianna Blaser, Dr. Yasmine Elglaly, and Dr. Richard Ladner as they discuss how to:

  • Bring about institutional change
  • Create safe spaces for students and faculty with disabilities
  • Teach in an accessible manner
  • Educate computing students about accessibility
  • Make K-12 courses more accessible
  • Develop accessible, inclusive, and equitable coding assignments

Don't miss out on these valuable insights!

Introduction

To ensure all students can succeed, accessibility, inclusion, and equity must be prioritized. Understanding these concepts and their importance is essential for educators and policymakers alike.

What do we mean by accessibility

Accessibility involves designing educational content and experiences that all students can engage with, regardless of disabilities. 

This includes providing screen reader-compatible tools, captioned videos, accessible websites, and alternative formats for assignments and exams. 

Making computer science education accessible ensures that students with disabilities are not excluded and can fully participate in the digital economy.

What do we mean by inclusion?

Inclusion goes beyond accessibility by creating an environment where all students feel valued and supported. 

This involves diverse representation in course materials, inclusive classroom practices, support networks for marginalized communities, and flexible learning options. 

An inclusive education ensures all students feel a sense of belonging and are motivated to succeed.

What do we mean by equity?

Equity involves providing fair opportunities for all students by addressing systemic barriers and disparities. 

This means implementing targeted interventions for underrepresented groups, providing access to technology and financial aid, and creating pathways for students needing additional preparation. 

Equity helps close the achievement gap and ensures all students can thrive.

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Why we must continue making changes

Prioritizing accessibility, inclusion, and equity in computer science education is vital. A diverse and inclusive learning environment fosters creativity and innovation, advances the field, and addresses global challenges. 

Ensuring all students have access to quality education is a matter of fairness and social justice, empowering marginalized communities and breaking cycles of poverty. Moreover, a diverse workforce enhances economic competitiveness and adaptability. 

Educational institutions also have a legal and ethical obligation to provide accessible environments, avoiding legal repercussions and reputational damage.

By embracing accessibility, inclusion, and equity, educators and institutions can ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed and contribute to the evolving field of technology. 

This benefits individuals and strengthens the tech community and society as a whole. It’s time to make computer science education accessible, inclusive, and equitable for all.

Missed the webinar event? Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Bring about institutional change. 
  • Create a safe space for students and faculty with disabilities. 
  • Teach in an accessible manner.
  • Educate computing students about accessibility.
  • Make your k-12 courses more accessible.
  • Develop coding assignments that are accessible, inclusive, and equitable.

Watch it below!

We wish you continued success in making your course more accessible, inclusive and equitable! If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions for future webinars, get in touch via our socials. We love to hear your thoughts!

Kendra Hare

Kendra Hare

Marketing Specialist
Meet Kendra, a whiskey and coffee aficionado, whose rich background in higher education infuses a unique blend of experiences and perspectives. As our marketing specialist, she ensures CodeGrade's mission reaches and impacts a wide audience.

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