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When does an online accessibility course keep delivering the latest information to students long after they’ve graduated? When it’s the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility (PCWA). Senior course lecturer and world renowned digital access expert, Dr Scott Hollier, shares the various facets that make this university-backed six-week online course unique, in a fascinating podcast and article.
Listen to a recent interview where Dr Scott Hollier talks with Media Access Australia’s Philip Jenkinson about what the PCWA course covers along with the benefits of studying it.
You’re listening to a podcast from Media Access Australia. Inclusion through technology.
I’m speaking with Dr Scott Hollier, senior lecturer of Australia’s only university accredited online access course, The Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility, the PCWA, which is enrolling right now for the next course intake. Over 350 people have graduated from the course since it began in 2011. My first question, Scott, is have you noticed any increase or decrease in the number of students gaining a distinction or HD?
Yes, it’s been encouraging to see the way that students have really embraced the course and whilst the marks are always different from student to student, what we have noticed is that students consistently, once they start the course, find it really relevant and directly important to their roles. So generally we see a trend towards high marks and that’s because people understand the relevance when they’re in the course and ultimately strive to incorporate accessibility into their work practices.
Disability, impairment or functional limitation is experienced by a much higher percentage of the population than is commonly known. Australia’s only university-accredited online access course aims to train more web accessibility experts to make websites, online communications, and digital media more inclusive and accessible to more people in Australia and round the world.