This study aims to understand the general web accessibility of digital information networks which may serve as barriers for access to the global discipline of Communication through institutional and departmental websites, specifically for persons with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency (LEP). Our exploratory content analysis relies on computer-aided software to systematically analyze the departmental home pages of websites of institutional members of the International Communication Association (ICA), N = 77, representing 26 countries, globally. Findings from this study help us to: (1) better understand the general web, language, and mobile accessibility of discipline-related online information; (2) identify strengths and opportunities for improvement; and, (3) to reflect upon the anticipated barriers impacting persons with disabilities when accessing higher education information online.
Author ORCID Identifier
Alicia M. Mason: 0000-0003-0844-7707
Elizabeth A. Spencer: 0000-0002-5988-2648
Mason, A.M., Spencer, E. A., Westhoff, M. C., Livingston, K.M., & Compton, J. (2023). Surveilling the web, mobile, and language accessibility of Communication’s digital presence within institutions of higher education globally. Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 7, 130-147. https://doi.org/10.31446/JCP.2023.1.09