Code for america as an instructional resource for teaching user centered design and accessibility

Lisa Jo Elliott, Angie Brunk

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Abstract

One of the key challenges in user centered design instruction is how to replicate the professional climate. Code for America is a group of volunteers who work on civic problems from a technology standpoint.The group is ideal for helping to train students in design thinking, civic entrepreneurship, and collaboration with the hope that they will continue to volunteer after graduation. Within the group, there are several development teams. The teams consist of experienced developers, writers, and designers. Often, the development teams lack interaction designers or user experience researchers to help them understand the user, understand accessibility and W3 standards. This article illustrates best practices in our experience. It is a starting point for incorporating open source volunteer development projects into a user centered design curriculum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2017
EditorsTerence Andre
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages293-299
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319600178
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventAHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2017 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jul 17 2017Jul 21 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume596
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Other

OtherAHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2017
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period7/17/177/21/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Elliott, L. J., & Brunk, A. (2018). Code for america as an instructional resource for teaching user centered design and accessibility. In T. Andre (Ed.), Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2017 (pp. 293-299). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 596). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60018-5_28