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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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Mobile Policy & strategy Resources Teaching

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 […]

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Policy & strategy

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 […]

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Alternative formats e-books Library Policy & strategy

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 […]

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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 […]

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Resources Student support Teaching

Ensuring home grown content is accessible

The issue Increasingly organisations are producing digital course content in-house. This covers a range of materials in a wide range of formats, created with an equally wide range of tools. In general, digital content offers more accessibility and inclusion possibilities than the traditional alternative of hardcopy print. However digital content is not automatically more inclusive […]