Principal Investigator: Karen Mutch-Jones and Debra Bernstein
Funders: National Science Foundation
Full title: I-ECS: Inclusive Exploring CS Curriculum Enhancement as Face-to-Face and Online Support for Visually Impaired, High School Students
iECS seeks to broaden participation in computing by increasing access for students with visual impairments. The project will adapt an established curriculum (Exploring Computer Science), making it accessible to visually- impaired secondary students. The modified content and supports will be delivered both face-to-face in a summer academy, and through an online instructional community. Through this process, the project will explore how a distributed group of visually impaired students maintain or increase their level of interest and CS concept understanding outside of a traditional classroom setting. The project will also investigate which features of the accessible curriculum support student participation, engagement, and learning. iECS is a collaboration between researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology and TERC.