Media and learning 2012 - Assistive technology and the inclusive curriculum at third level - by Colm Olwill
Assistive Technology and theInclusive Curriculum at Third Level Colm Olwill November 14th 2012
„An inclusive curriculum means recognising, accommodating and meeting the learning needs of all your students....acknowledging that your students have a range of individual learning needs and are members of diverse communities‟ * *http://www.open.ac.uk/inclusivet eaching/pages/inclusive- teaching/index.php
Follows the principles of universal design for instruction*2 Uses technology to enhance learning Makes reasonable adjustments *http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ass ets/documents/inclusion/disabilit *2www.tcd.ie/CAPSL/TIC/about/wha y/ICD_Art.pdf t/udi.php
„Assistive technology means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities‟.* The Assistive Technology Act of 1998, [105-394, S.2432]
Text to Speech software/ Screen ReadersRead and write GoldGingerJawsiPad and iPad SiriGoogle chrome Speech to TextDragoniPad and iPad SiriGoogle chrome
Percentages (8.9%) of students with a print disability are between 3% and 11% in Irish third level collages. Students are sourcing and sharing texts themselves often illegally.
The Equal Status Act 2000, Equality Act, 2004Disability Act, 2005, IADT Equal Access & Participation Policy.“Individuals are entitled to receive information in alternative formats where possible, upon request.” The Equal Status Act 2000
1. The procurement of electronic texts where possible as an anticipatory duty. 2. Preparation of materials in accessible formats to lessen the need for alternative formatting. (Word or accessible PDF) 3. Reading lists indicate whether the materials are available electronically and from where. 4. Ensure a comprehensive search has been carried out so that all e-text options are exhausted before alternative formatting is considered. https://www.tcd.ie/CAPSL/TIC/ass ets/doc/til/alt-format.docx
Who ? - Students both with and without disabilities, lecturers and library staff What ? - EBooks e.g. core texts, journal articles, lecture notes etc . When ? –Anticipatory, now? Where ? - In the classroom, VLE/Blackboard, In the library, online, on mobile devices. Why? - Practical, legal , technical, universal design. How ? - Co-ordination and involvement.
Trinity Inclusive Curriculum (TIC) - http://www.tcd.ie/CAPSL/TIC/ An Inclusive Curriculum in Higher Education - http://www.incurriculum.org.uk/main/the-project/what-is-an-inclusive-curriculum Teaching Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Academic Staff. - DAWN http://www.nairtl.ie/documents/Dawn%20webs.pdf Inclusive education and inclusive curriculum: Moving the EFA agenda forward http://www.ibe.unesco.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Inclusive_Education/Documents/IE_T eacherEducation.pdf Creating accessible documents http://www.umt.edu/it/support/accessibility/documents.php
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