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WAI Curricula/List of Courses

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Objective

The main objective of this activity is to create a resource accepting and listing accessibility related courses. This resource will store information on current offerings of education, training, and certification on digital accessibility. The current WAI Curricula will be used as a reference to provide a transparent, objective, and vendor-neutral comparison of these different offers.

Despite the wide range of training resources available, current programs often use divergent and conflicting interpretations. The lack of a common reference to describe these existing offerings often results in a fragmentation of education, training, and certification. As a result, this creates confusion for people seeking to further their knowledge about accessibility.

Having a list of courses on accessibility, makes it easier to find and select high-quality courses, which will lead to substantial effort savings and accelerate the rate of accessibility implementation.

Audience

Primary audience of this resource concerns:

  • Consumers
    • Individual consumers - selects training offers to learn or get certified on accessible product design or development
      • E.g. Software developer, designer, content author, accessibility tester
    • Organizational consumers - selects training offers to build training programs for people in the organization
      • E.g. Training managers
  • Providers
    • Professional training and certification providers - publishes information about their offerings; does market research to compare their offering with other offerings
      • E.g. Professional associations
    • Formal education providers - publishes information about their offerings; does market research to compare their offering with other offerings
      • E.g. Private sector providers, Public education providers
    • Other providers - publishes information about their offerings; does market research to compare their offering with other offerings
      • E.g. Accessibility Consultant

Secondary audience of this resource concerns:

  • Product manager - selects training to learn or get certified on how to include accessibility requirements into his or her products
  • Hiring manager - compares courses and certifications to assess the competencies of candidates to hire
  • Policy and decision maker - selects courses to learn about accessibility requirements that policies must abide to
  • Legal - selects courses to learn about accessibility requirements that policies must abide to
  • Procurer - learns about accessibility certifications to include in Requests for Proposals
  • Researcher - selects training to complement current expertise with accessibility knowledge

Resources

This activity will establish a centralised list of current education, training, and certification offerings.

The resources considered include:

  1. List of education, training, and certification offerings, including:
    1. Interface with a sidebar with filters (for example for roles, languages, and other aspects to be defined), and a main area listing offers that match the selected filters
    2. Database containing the offers
  2. Mechanism for offers providers to provide and update information about their offers, including:
    1. Contact form for offers providers enter details about their offers
    2. Back-office for W3C staff to update the offerings based on the details entered by the providers

Approach

  • Initial dataset of offers:
    • Explore existing criteria for describing offers
    • Refine categories and taxonomy, including, but not limited to:
      • Name
      • Provider
      • Course type (non-credit, undergrad, graduate, professional, other)
      • Degree/Certification
      • Prerequisites
      • Target role (developer, designer, content author, manager, tester, other)
      • Level (basic, intermediate, advanced)
      • WAI Curricula correspondence (module)
      • Keywords/Topics
      • Language
      • Country
      • Format (online/face-to-face/hybrid)
      • Platform
      • Cost (free, free with certificates for purchase, free for limited time, free or reduced fee for some, for fee)
      • Duration
      • Link to offer page
      • Link to offer reviews page
      • Date of last information update
      • Date of last update to course contents
  • Develop and deploy a web page for entering new offer:
    • Develop filters and data format
    • Develop data entry and editing
    • Guidebook for offer providers wanting to add an offer to the list (containing detailed information on the required data for new entries)
    • Established workflow and documentation to ensure the authenticity of listed offers
  • Develop and deploy a web page to list and filter offers
  • Invite offer providers to enter data
  • Launch first version
  • Expansion of offers and maintenance support services

Timeline

  • Squirrel Review (requirements analysis): M1-3 (3 months)
  • Eagle Review (concept draft - structure and content): M4-7 (4 months)
  • Dragonfly Review (in progress draft - focus on specific questions): M8-10 (3 months)
  • Starfish Review (complete draft): M11-13 (3 months)
  • Monkey Review (final draft - pre-publication review): M14-16 (3 months)
  • Butterfly Approval (approval to publish) : M17-18 (June/2022) (2 months)

Open issues

  • Reviewing offering submissions
  • Maintenance (update/removal) of offerings
  • Consult and collaborate with Teach Access that has a database of courses