Category Archives: Learner Experience

The power of technology to support more diverse learners

Widening participation is a strategic priority across the UK.  Whilst institutions focus on attracting learners from under-represented and hard to reach communities, staff are striving to develop engaging and innovative ways to deliver dynamic and inclusive learning experiences to support learners. Digital exclusion and inequality Is technology capable of helping progress the widening participation agenda? Not only … Read more

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Why digital capability needs to be inclusive

What digital skills do you need to do the job? In the fast changing, competitive landscape of employment, Digital Capability is seen as essential to developing an competent individual and an effective organisation. Defining the digital skills needed to do a job efficiently is only part of the challenge in education. Because technology offers so much scope for … Read more

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Student Minds- How can tech contribute to better mental health?

Risk, regulation, success and policy – the Universities UK’s case for making mental health a priority.  Technology has a clear role to play in supporting student mental health. Julia Taylor considers the issues. How big is the problem? With 1 in 8 graduates saying they have a Mental Health condition, costs and demand for support with … Read more

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Accessible material audit checklist

As the start of the academic year is just around the corner we’ve pulled together some quick reminders and quick wins for you to consider when creating accessible resources, information and/or learning material.  How do you make sure your Word documents are accessible? I use inbuilt heading styles (Heading 1, Heading 2 etc.) to structure … Read more

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Praise a publisher month

The students leave. The library staff have a chance to breathe, reflect and plan ahead.  August is an excellent month to take the opportunity to say ‘Well done’ to those who have made a difference in supporting disabled students. Using a simple online voting tool Alistair McNaught asked the LIS-Accessibility Jiscmail list who they wanted … Read more

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Learning Analytics Interventions – what’s really going on?

Learning analytics has the potential to change the way we respond to students facing challenges but who and how best to make the intervention? Julia Taylor reminds us of the need to look deeper into the data.  Interpreting data is a skill. It requires considerable knowledge and experience to ‘read’ the increasingly complex layers of data … Read more

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Collaborative activities and inclusion

Online collaboration offers learners new opportunities. Alistair McNaught explores the inclusion pros and cons. There are many pros… ‘Collaborative’ is not new; but it’s better now Collaborative approaches have been around since the first hunter-gatherer apprentices worked together to net birds on the marshy shores of Doggerland. But digital technologies have brought new opportunities. Learners … Read more

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The BEST use of technology to support disabled learners?

Disability statistics are stark: Government statistics show Disabled people are around 3 times as likely not to hold any qualifications compared to non-disabled people. They are half as likely to hold a degree-level qualification. 19.2% of working age disabled people do not hold any formal qualification. Compare that with 6.5% of working age non-disabled people. … Read more

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Lecture capture: mainstreaming reasonable adjustments

Lecture capture is a subject that often generates healthy discussion (and often debate) across academic communities and over the last few years we’ve seen the emergence of a range of differing approaches. Some institutions have embedded lecture capture into policy in order to adopt a more universal way of embedding anticipatory arrangements as part of … Read more

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Can student data add meaning to inclusive learning?

Our Jisc Learning analytics –Data and disadvantaged student’s webinar in February was well attended. If you missed it, don’t worry, you can still view the recording and download the slides. As anticipated, the audience was diverse. Staff from disability support services, teachers and data managers were attracted by the deliberately broad-ranging title. Our aim was … Read more

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