Education is ….? The relationship between „teaching‟ and „learning‟ and „enquiry‟:• Information - the “what” element of learning• Skills and strategies - the “how” element of learning• Motivation and purpose - the “why” element of learning
The vFILS challenge To offer/support the curriculum in ways that are:• Accessible, stimulating and relevant for• Individuals with diverse expectations and needs in• Widely varied contexts, locations and environments
Equal? Alternate?• Facilities and • Extra or „special‟ programmes are arrangements designed to are made to try avoid excluding and facilitate individuals or access in groups response to demand
Accessibility• Equivalent („equal‟) Access• Alternative Access• What‟s the difference?• Examples…….
Auditing for Accessibility• ETHOS• ACTIVITY• STRUCTURE• YOU!
Usability• Explanation of the term ‘usability’?• The 5 characteristics of ‘usability’: – EFFECTIVENESS – EFFICIENCY – RELEVANCE – SAFETY – COMFORT
‘Break-out’ Task• Your 70 year old next door neighbour has asked you for advice – because she knows you‟re “good with gadgets”! Her family have persuaded her to get a mobile phone. She values your opinion and is keen to make „the right decision‟. What factors would inform and influence the advice you offer?
A conundrum for you!• When does assistive technology become mainstream?• Is mainstream technology ever adapted for assistive purposes?• Answers in a forum post!
Assistive Technology PortfolioWhat is it?• Collection of your reviews of Assistive Technology• Stored online in a blog
Assistive Technology PortfolioWhat is it for?• Application of learning about Assistive Technology• Development of critical thinking skills around Accessibility and Usability• Useful resource for you in future
Assistive Technology PortfolioWhat do I need to do?• 12 (or more) assistive technology reviews• 7 different categories• Complete over the duration of the vFILS course• Deadlines for 3 posts, then 6 then 12.• Full guidance on how to create your AT Portfolio is provided
Assistive Technology PortfolioKey points• Be critical• Don‟t just say what it does• Use your own words• Put it through its paces• Develop your skills as you go along