Course Description

This course focuses on inclusive design, CC and AD process and technologies, state of art in research, and industry requirements. Students will be able to identify and describe relevant legislation and regulations that apply to CC and AD, apply them to a variety of media venues, and understand how they are implemented and used in industry settings. Finally, they will be able to identify gaps and issues in the current landscape of standards and research.

Who Teaches CDIM 100?

Deborah FelsDeborah Fels

Deborah Fels has a PhD (1994) in Human Factors from Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University’s Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management and is the Director of Toronto Metropolitan’s Inclusive Media and Design Centre. Her research interests involve inclusive design, access to media and technology for people with disabilities and older adults, inclusive video game design, and inclusive business. Dr. Fels has published over 150 articles on inclusive technologies and applications and has received three patents. She is also a professional engineer.

Margot WhitfieldMargot Whitfield

Margot Whitfield (MMSt, BFA, Ontario Certified Teacher) has been a research associate at Toronto Metropolitan University's Inclusive Media and Design Centre since 2010. She has over 10 years of experience in recruiting diverse groups of people for user studies with blind and Deaf users, film and theatre directors, scriptwriters, and film festival organizers and theatres, including Mirvish Productions. She is passionate about access to arts and culture and has consulted on accessible video productions for both Toronto Metropolitan and the Ontario Arts Council.

Margot is proficient in basic American Sign Language. She has contributed to International Standards on audio description (ISO/IEC TS 20071-21:2015 Information technology — User interface component accessibility — Part 21: Guidance on audio descriptions) and has co-authored eight peer-reviewed journals.


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