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Alternative formats Margaret McKay Mobile Policy & strategy Reading effectively Writing effectively

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 […]

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Alternative formats e-books Library Reading effectively Resources

eBooks: An Accessibility Disconnect?

It’s easy to think that new publishing formats like EPUB3 have made accessibility issues a thing of the past. James Scholes – an expert screen reader user and ebook tester – suggests there’s still a long way to go… It’s no surprise that the eBook revolution has been a boon to many visually impaired people. For […]

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Lectures / seminars Reading effectively Resources Student support Teaching

Six tips for teaching staff

Top tips for inclusive practice Technology gives a wide range of opportunities to teach more inclusively: digital content can be accessed and personalised in ways that suit learning needs and preferences. It also allows new pedagogical opportunities for working creatively and collaboratively with richer assessment and feedback opportunities. A few key tips can help maximise the […]

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Lectures / seminars Margaret McKay Policy & strategy Student support

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 […]

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Margaret McKay mental health Student support

Can the digital world help us harness positive mental health?

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day took place on 3rd March 2016.  Nurturing our psycho-social as well as our physical health is crucial to our human experience.  It impacts on all aspects of our life, including our educational and vocational experience as learners and as employees.  In 2013 the NUS carried out a Mental Distress […]

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Student support Writing effectively

Writing effectively

Organising information For many students the initial problem is how to organise thoughts into a coherent flow. Mind mapping tools can help structure information effectively in a graphical way. It works well for many learners who struggle to organise content effectively. Mindmapping allows the separation of content from structure so a learner can capture ideas as […]

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Alternative formats Legal Library Student support

Accessibility buddies – a copyright checklist from John Kelly, subject specialist in technology and the law.

Where’s my help gone? Changes to the Disabled Student Allowance – DSA – mean that the non medical help support (for example library assistance) previously paid for by the DSA will no longer be available unless the university supplies the service. For some disabled learners this could represent a significant extra difficulty so universities have been considering […]

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Productivity/assistive technology Student support

Browsers – a hidden solution

Most people are aware that you can zoom in on a browser holding down the CTRL key and tapping + to zoom in and – to zoom out. If you have a mouse with a central mouse wheel then holding Shift while rotating the wheel will have the same effect. This might seem a useful […]

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Alternative formats Mobile Student support

Using your phone for alternative formats

Copyright law entitles disabled persons to make copies of works for personal use without getting the permission of the rights holder. This includes scanning a textbook and converting it into an electronic format. But how do you go about it? Use a smart phone or tablet then do one of the following: Take a photograph […]

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Resources Student support Teaching

Adding variety without adding barriers

It’s great to use a variety of resources and media types with learners, adding value to the learning experience. However sometimes value added to one user is subtracted from another. Here’s how to minimise barriers when working with a range of media. Documents Structuring a document appropriately is one of the most fundamental accessibility practices. By using […]