One of the best things about my job has been promoting transformation. I have enjoyed helping people, organisations and systems change their expectations in response to emerging technology. I started my career in Accessibility and Inclusion, by accident, more than 20 years ago, because there was little support for the increasing number of diverse adults […]
As learners start back after COVID they will be entering a new hybrid teaching environment. Hopefully, much of it will be familiar and well within their experience and expectations, but there will be challenges, particularly for disadvantaged learners. This will be an ongoing process of developing more inclusive teaching environments that promise everyone the same […]
The focus should be on ‘difference’. Providing flexibility and choice as we redesign hybrid online learning post covid.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]