The rapid emergence of online learning has brought many accessibility challenges. MOOCs, Big Data, and Open Content are changing how we look at education, broadening access to learning for millions, soon billions of individuals, and creating new opportunities to remove barriers to literacy, education, and the search for knowledge. With the explosive growth of opportunities to learn online, the theme of the 13th International Web for All Conference is “Education for All on the Web.” Examples of the topics we would like to see include:
- Accessibility challenges in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics on the Web.
- Inclusive online arts and humanities learning.
- Accessible MOOCs and Web-based learning tools.
- Accessible multimedia including video, podcasts and slides.
- Web programming and coding for everyone.
- Web access to Big Data tools and data sources.
- Learning analytics to support Web accessibility for online learners.
- Personalized learning on the Web.
- Advances in accessible mobile learning technologies.
- Accessible Web maps and Web graphics.
- Removing barriers to chemistry, statistics, and mathematics on the Web.
- Access to online exhibitions and museums.
- Web collaboration and knowledge sharing.
- Barrier-free online synchronous and asynchronous communication.
- Accessible and adaptive Web-based testing and assessment.
- Accessible simulations, serious gaming, and role playing on the Web.
As is true every year, don’t be deterred by the theme: though papers are expected to detail technical solutions and scientific insights into Web-based learning that address the diverse needs of all learners, other “Web for All” related topics are also welcome. These might include, but are not limited to: aging, cognition, culture, dexterity, disability, diversity, health, income, infrastructure, language and mobility, universal design, assistive technology engineering, content transformation, user modeling, wearable technologies, mobile web and more; we invite your best work that advances our understanding of access for people across the accessibility continuum.
Students are encouraged to attend W4A. Over $13K is available in travel scholarships and awards!