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Improving engagement in live sessions: the power of the chat

Our last accessibility drop-in clinic featured a few of our Accessibility Community’s Leadership Team introducing themselves and talking a little bit about their areas of practice. You can view the recording and access the transcript on the accessibility drop-in clinic page (March 2021). Following on from this, Miranda Melcher, shares more of her thoughts and […]

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Low-effort, high-impact: how small changes to your teaching can create a more inclusive learning environment

One of our most popular accessibility drop-in clinics featured three practitioners sharing how they support staff with accessibility. View the recording and access the transcript on the accessibility drop-in clinic page (November 2020: Supporting teaching staff to create accessible content). Here, one of the presenters, Miranda Melcher, shares more detail on her approach. For more […]

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Inclusive Digital Capability Julia Taylor Learner Experience

Backing student wellbeing with technology

As education becomes more technology focused, it’s worth focusing on some of the ways inclusive practice could support better wellbeing for students and staff – easier access, more personalised learning experiences and increased engagement.

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Could ‘HyFlex’ make the difference for disadvantaged learners?

The focus should be on ‘difference’. Providing flexibility and choice as we redesign hybrid online learning post covid.

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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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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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Web and app accessibility – make the most of the EU Accessibility directive

On 23rd of September 2018 a new EU Directive  came into force in the UK. The new regulations mean that public sector websites and mobile apps will need to be accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities. The regulations will remain part of UK law regardless of our future relationship with the EU. So new […]

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British Sign Language National Plan

In this blog Margaret McKay explores the role of the British Sign Language National Plan 2017 – 2023 and the part that it can play in further legitimising British Sign Language (BSL) as an indigenous language in Scotland and on a wider basis across the UK. Through a language lens, not a disability lens The […]

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The good news about technology and student mental health

The negative effects of technology on young peoples mental health are often written about. Education has become more technology focused, more remote and less personal. But is technology always bad news? Julia Taylor focuses on some of the ways that technology could support better student mental health. Why should we worry? Universities and colleges have a […]

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Digital classrooms – making the most of inclusion

So what is a digital classroom? And how does it work? More particularly – how might it work for my disabled students? Alistair McNaught explores some of the issues and oppportunities. Introduction Traditional, didactic, methods of teaching can create significant barriers for some students. Where teaching resources are mainly a monoculture of text and learning activities […]