JTILT Special Issue, Call for Manuscripts: Teaching Accessibility in P-16+ Contexts

Description of Call

Technology has the potential to help people communicate; explore the world in ways that might otherwise be dangerous, costly, or unattainable; capture, store, and make sense of large amounts of information; and disseminate information and ideas to disparate audiences. Yet, the same tools that benefit many can prevent others from participating if used improperly. Making sure individuals can access and use the instructional resources available to them as part of their learning continues to gain ground internationally. The Journal of Technology-Integrated Lessons and Teaching is seeking lessons, activities, and other instructional materials used by educators in P-16+ contents (and their international equivalents) regarding accessibility.

Possible lessons, activities, and other instructional materials could include but are not limited to those that focus on or exemplify:

  • ADA compliance (and international equivalence) for educators
  • Inclusion approaches used among P-16+ audiences
  • Universal Design principles (UDL)
  • P-16+ Lessons that leverage UDL principles of multiple means of access, representation, and evaluation
  • Accessibility approaches in online learning/web development
  • Assistive technology training
  • Screen reader basics
  • Making word processing, presentation, and PDF documents accessible
  • Making multimedia and audiovisual presentations accessible
  • Making data tables accessible to screen readers
  • Using styles to provide a logical sequence/flow in documents
  • Creating accessible hyperlinks
  • Contrast colors and accessibility
  • Tools and applications that support accessibility issues
  • When and/or how to use transcripts, subtitles, closed captioning, and descriptive audio
  • How to provide closed captions, subtitles, descriptive audio, or transcripts to video on popular media channels
  • International issues/approaches to accessibility

Expected Publication Date

June 2023


Submit manuscripts online at https://journals.uwyo.edu/index.php/jtilt/index 

Manuscripts should be original and unpublished elsewhere. Lessons, activities, and other learning representations should be described in sufficient detail so that others can implement them as submitted (or adapt them to meet individual settings and circumstances). Submissions should follow the JTILT Author Guidelines and use the provided Manuscript Template (based on Microsoft Word). Any supplemental files needed for lesson or activity implementation (e.g., presentations, video recordings, assessments, rubrics, work examples) should be included as separate attachments with the submission.

Accepted manuscripts and supporting files will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.

Important Dates

January 8, 2023: Initial manuscripts due

February 12, 2023: Decisions made, feedback sent

March 5, 2023: Revisions due

March 26, 2023: Second round of feedback sent

April 9, 2023: Final revisions due, copyright editing begins

May 1, 2023: Copyright revisions due

June, 2023: Special issue published