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Stay home – Stay Safe?

Moving learning online is a major challenge for educators and students alike. Staying Home also needs to include staying safe online.
How safe are we communicating, working and learning via online platforms. What do we need to remember as we go all out for online delivery?
Julia Taylor, Jisc subject specialist in access and engagement reminds us about online safety.

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Being positive in an uncertain world

The Covid-19 Pandemic is challenging the accepted mechanics of teaching delivery. Such an unexpected switch to online alternatives has inevitably focused teachers primarily on what needs to be taught right here, right now. Julia Taylor – Jisc subject specialist in inclusive practice reflects that as with the Covid-19 infection itself – there will be lessons for the longer term.  Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemail

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So, you want me to read for my degree? Considering a Universal Design for learning approach to reading through the use of audiobooks and accessibility tools

It seems logical to those of us working in higher education that students need to read for their degrees. Yet research indicates this isn’t so obvious to students themselves, with patterns of student reading not reflecting the approach and skills needed to succeed in HE. In this blog post, Michelle Malomo and Sarah Pittaway from the […]

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Evolution or extinction? Adapting the DSA to a changing world.

Nothing is perfect and nothing stays the same for long. This is as true of the Disabled Students Allowance as anything else. In this first of two blog posts, Adam Tweed from AbilityNet reflects on some of the issues from an assessor perspective.  How can organisations – and indeed government – evolve the system to […]

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Responsibility without authority – the fast route to failure

There’s a lot of activity going on in organisations to prepare for the web accessibility regulations. Alistar McNaught examines why appropriate ownership of the activity is vital.  We have all been in the situation. The very urgent parcel that needs to catch the post. The unexpected traffic jams on the way to the post office. […]

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Model Accessibility Statements – evolving the approach.

Jisc is pleased to be part of the Digital Accessibility Working Group. We work with the Digital Accessibility Regulations Jiscmail list to represent the HE and FE sector’s ‘digital context’ to Government Digital Services. This helps ensure guidance on the new legislation is meaningful and appropriate to the sector. Find out more on Jisc support for […]

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Adapting to digitally accessible education

New regulations applied to public sector bodies on 23 September 2018. You must make your website or mobile app accessible by making it ‘perceivable, operable, understandable and robust’. Accessibility standards will help you do this. You must also: publish an accessibility statement – this must have details of content that doesn’t meet accessibility standards if […]

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Recognising commitment – Aspire badges

During 2018, 49 HEI’s and a range of suppliers developed the Aspire project, to audit the quality of accessibility information available from publishers and book platforms. The data is publicly available. Anyone looking at the summary data will be struck by the fact that there is room for improvement across much of the industry. The […]

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New regulations mean new risks on your website accessibility

There’s a new EU directive that’ll be shaking up our websites, as digital inclusion becomes a recognised right, not just a privilege. From NUS Connect June 2018 In September 2018, making your website more accessible became a legal requirement for public sector bodies. The implications could be significant so at Jisc we asked members how ready they […]

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Empowering the storyteller: supporting Deaf/Deafblind students

The most compelling life stories are often ones that allow us to connect with the storyteller and for many, the pursuit of academic opportunities form the basis of their narrative With this in mind, how do educational institutions enable Deaf/Deafblind to pursue their story- underpinned by equality of access in their educational journey? In our […]