Category Archives: Policy & strategy

Involving Staff in Inclusive Learning at Anglia Ruskin

  With cuts to disabled student allowance (DSA) it is imperative that organisations become more inclusive, learning how to reduce barriers at source.  Dr. Jennifer George, Academic Lead for Learning Technologies and Digital Media at Anglia Ruskin University, explains their approach to ensuring some of the key content students encounter has good accessibility credentials… Introduction Staff … Read more

Recording everyone’s achievement

Julia Taylor talks about the importance of recording and monitoring data on all learners achievement. Not all learners will be using an online e-portfolio to record their achievement. Some learners particularly those studying on courses with personalised outcomes will want to find ways to record what they have learned and they may wish to use a images, video and even … Read more

Turning Inclusive Policy into Accessible Practice

Creating an Accessible Organisation starts with policy but this must then translate into accessible practice in order to ensure that support for leaners is delivered effectively.  Accessible Organisations should have well-designed systems and clearly documented procedures that efficiently identify, monitor and  deliver appropriate support to both students and staff with additional needs. Inclusion goes across the whole … Read more

Talking technology

We’ve already blogged on supporting reading and using built in browser tools but a question we often get is “What’s the difference between screen reading and text readers (or ‘text to speech’ technology)? Often the terms are used interchangeably but, in reality, they are two different kinds of technologies used in different ways. Margaret McKay helps … Read more

Rich media on your VLE – an accessible policy?

On the face of it, it would seem a simple elegant accessibility solution to require transcripts for all audio resources on your virtual learning environment and transcript/subtitles for all video resources. However, this is an area where “unintended consequences” can lurk around every corner. For many learners, video IS the accessible alternative format – an … Read more

Lecture capture part 2 – sample approaches

Recording of Lectures:  examples from Higher Education (HE) Margaret McKay presents a synopsis of different approaches to recording lectures by different HE institutions.  It also explores how some organisations have dealt with resistance to recording lectures – an important consideration because lecture recording may be deemed a reasonable adjustment under the Equalities Act 2010. “Lecture … Read more

Lecture capture part 1 – jewel in the crown or cuckoo in the nest?

Alistair McNaught considers the arguments for and against large scale lecture capture as a disability solution. A jewel in the crown or a cuckoo in the nest? Crowns. Lecture capture is being increasingly seen as a jewel in the crown of accessible mainstream practice. Many organisations are looking at lecture capture as a way of … Read more

Inclusive content creation

I’ve been asked to speak at the 2016 Xerte Conference at the University of Nottingham. As you would expect, my theme will be on inclusive teaching and learning. This has got me thinking; in these days of FELTAG agendas for FE and the Teaching Excellence Framework for HE how can organisations ensure that any investments in … Read more

Leading by example – embedding accessibility in strategy and policy

Julia Taylor – subject specialist for accessibility and inclusion – reflects on the questions organisations need to address in order to embed accessibility in their digital leadership approaches. More and more disabled students are accessing mainstream education but there is not always financial support for providing alternative formats, note-taking and study support. This places greater responsibility on … Read more

Checking the accessibility of your e-resources

When you are procuring new institutional platforms (such as eBook, VLE, content creation platforms) or licences have come up for renewal again, check which of the following features are available. If a significant number of these features are missing you might renegotiate costs based on the extra costs you might incur in supporting print impaired … Read more