Bristol Conversations in Education- Designing Inclusive Education Technologies With and For Visually Impaired and Sighted Children
Dr. Oussama Metatla, EPSRC Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol
Room 1.20, School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
This event is part of the School of Education's 'Bristol Conversations in Education' seminar series. These seminars are free and open to the public.
Despite being included in mainstream schools, visually impaired children contiune to face barriers to social engagement and participation. Technology could potentially help bridge these barriers, but education technologies that cater for both visually impaired and sighted learners are scarce. In particular, accessible technologies, including accessible education technologies, have tended to focus on the needs of a specific target user group: i.e. those in need of accessibility support. In this talk, I will present our investigations into barriers to inclusive education from an HCI perspective, showing how the above approach to access design can work against objectives of inclusion. I will outline our approach of using co-design to engage children with and without visual impairments in jointly leading design processes and exploring design spaces reflective of mixed visual abilities, and show how this enabled joint productions of radically new conceptions of inclusive education technologies. I will also describe some resulting research investigations that such engagement opened up in the areas of multisensory and crossmodal interaction design.