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  1. 1. Hartlepool College ShareIT Conference Quick Wins: Using Technology for Inclusion Dr Simon Ball [email_address] Twitter: @simonjball Second Life: Norinbath Rasmuson www.techdis.ac.uk
  2. 2. This presentation…. <ul><li>Can be downloaded from www.techdis.ac.uk/community </li></ul><ul><li>Login and navigate to the HE section and Simon’s Presentations - you can download from there and you will have all of the URLs as clickable links. Direct link: http://www.techdis.ac.uk/community/course/view.php?id=98 </li></ul><ul><li>Download also the Zip files and Extract contents into same folder as you downloaded the PowerPoint. Playing the PPT in Slideshow mode will then open the linked files when clicked. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Productivity <ul><li>We all want to be more efficient </li></ul><ul><li>We want the student experience to be more valuable, interesting, and inclusive </li></ul><ul><li>We want to expand our horizons and be more creative </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do we get the time? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where do we get the money? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Part of the solution… <ul><li>There is no ‘magic bullet’ </li></ul><ul><li>But technology can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be easy to learn and use (i.e. small time investment), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be free (and/or Open Source), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide inclusion opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There is something every one of us can do, and if we all do that something, the result will be very powerful </li></ul>
  5. 5. OASES www.techdis.ac.uk/getOASES <ul><li>Online Accessibility Self Evaluation Service </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to take you through key elements of your role in terms of accessibility, providing links to further information. </li></ul><ul><li>When completed, you can benchmark your own practice against others in the sector. </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys for: Senior Managers, Marketing, Staff Development, Learning Tech, Learning Resources, Learner Support, IT/Networks </li></ul>
  6. 6. 10 Handy resources for harnessing the power of free productivity tools in your everyday practice <ul><li>Accessibility Essentials www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Inclusively www.techdis.ac.uk/getTeachingInclusively </li></ul><ul><li>Self Evaluation Toolkit www.techdis.ac.uk/getOASES </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Manager Inclusion Guidance www.techdis.ac.uk/getbriefings </li></ul><ul><li>Free Software www.techdis.ac.uk/getfreesoftware </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Formats www.techdis.ac.uk/getaltformat </li></ul><ul><li>Case Studies (HEAT scheme) www.techdis.ac.uk/getheatscheme </li></ul><ul><li>Getting started: Mobile Learning www.techdis.ac.uk/upwardlymobile </li></ul><ul><li>Creating Accessible Learning Objects : www.techdis.ac.uk/getxerte </li></ul><ul><li>Web2.0 Evaluation Tool www.techdis.ac.uk/getweb2access </li></ul>
  7. 7. Being accessible is about being canny – adopting these techniques into your daily routine <ul><li>Making better use of Word and PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to navigate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to transform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More engaging and user-friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I can make my presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier to revise from – by using the Notes field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suitable for mobiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More interactive and collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Even PDFs can be accessible www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials </li></ul>
  8. 8. Everyone could be using these: <ul><li>Audacity : Audio recorder (NB remember to install ‘Lame’); Portable version available. </li></ul><ul><li>Screentoaster.com : Screen capture; web-based tool; similar to Camstudio (which requires install) </li></ul><ul><li>Dspeech : Automated audio of text; Portable version available; voices not great but finds others from PC </li></ul><ul><li>Robobraille.com: Send a Word document off to [email_address] , get an MP3 back! </li></ul><ul><li>Readthewords.com: Automated audio of text; much better voices (some  ! E.g. Charles , Nina ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Access Apps <ul><li>See www.techdis.ac.uk/getaccessapps </li></ul><ul><li>You can choose full package for a 2 GB memory stick or smaller ‘Core’ version </li></ul><ul><li>Provides via a single menu of over 50 tools that run from memory stick – so will run on any PC </li></ul><ul><li>Not Mac compatible  but see http://www.freesmug.org/portableapps and http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/portable-software-usb/ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Xerte: create Accessible Learning Objects – simply! <ul><li>Xerte: Generator of Accessible Learning Objects (a bit like Articulate, CourseGenie etc); Can be installed but better used via web – use our sandbox to play, and then install on your own server; find out more at www.techdis.ac.uk/getxerte (including ‘Creating your first object’ guide) and have a play in our sandpit www.techdisplayxerte.info </li></ul><ul><li>Free tutorials 1pm last Friday of every month: www.techdis.ac.uk/getxertefriday </li></ul>
  11. 11. QR Codes <ul><li>Generate a QR code freely on the web eg. http://qrcode.kaywa.com - print and stick anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Download and install free QR reading software to your phone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two example uses: National Star College and Heriot-Watt University </li></ul>
  12. 12. Travel text is read out by a text to speech application running on the phone
  13. 13. HEAT2 mLearning Case Study – Heriot-Watt University <ul><li>Alasdair Thin – used mobile phone to stream context specific audio information to students with visual impairment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used camera phone QR codes to push text files to students’ mobiles, used TextAloud to convert this to audio. Moved on to using QR codes to access web url to download audio. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. It’s all about using the right tool for each context… Simon Ball [email_address] www.techdis.ac.uk 01904 717580
  15. 15. Inspiration: Inclusive techniques others have implemented <ul><li>HEAT scheme </li></ul><ul><li>HE Staff (inc. HE in FE) awarded technologies up to £2K (i.e. achievable projects) to uncover or develop an aspect of inclusive teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>www.techdis.ac.uk/getheatscheme </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples you might want to consider… </li></ul>
  16. 16. HEAT example – Reflective Diaries <ul><li>Hellawell and Priestley </li></ul><ul><li>(University of Bradford) </li></ul><ul><li>Dyslexic student used </li></ul><ul><li>handheld video recorder to </li></ul><ul><li>create mini documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>providing an opportunity for reflective learning. </li></ul><ul><li>These were edited and converted to a format </li></ul><ul><li>suitable for playing on PCs, and audio podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>produced, to be shared with future students. </li></ul>
  17. 17. HEAT Example – Talking Tactile Tablet <ul><li>Chevins (Keele Univ.) helped a blind and a VI student to understand Transmission Electron Microscopy. Using a cartoon of a cutaway of the microscope he created a tactile diagram using swell paper. He then used the T3 to add audio commentaries to each part of the diagram, so when touched, a contextual </li></ul><ul><li>audio file was enabled. </li></ul><ul><li>Cassella (Derby Univ.) </li></ul><ul><li>found these were used by </li></ul><ul><li>many students with visual </li></ul><ul><li>or auditory learning style. </li></ul>
  18. 18. HEAT2: Enabling Remote Activity (ERA): how remote fieldworking can be used to enable students with and without mobility problems to work together to carry out fieldwork. <ul><li>Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of Handheld Learning Award </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility-impaired student directs field work via mobile network to fellow students </li></ul><ul><li>Connectivity and security issues when setting up networks between two different locations remote from main institution. </li></ul>
  19. 19. HEAT2: Investigation of the potential for using PDAs to hold portfolio materials for Midwifery students on placements <ul><li>Bangor University </li></ul><ul><li>PDAs for midwifery students to carry their e-portfolios on </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with signing off process </li></ul><ul><li>PDA increased tech confidence and aided flexible learning </li></ul>
  20. 20. HEAT3: What’s it worth? Equivalent assessment opportunities – Roehampton University <ul><li>Began by offering alternate means of assessment to disabled students eg video or audio recordings in place of written work </li></ul><ul><li>Raised issues of equivalence – how much footage equates to a 3000-word essay? </li></ul><ul><li>Produced an ‘equivalence’ table of over 40 assessment types – further work being done to refine and expand the table. </li></ul>
  21. 21. HEAT3: Using mobile devices and microblogging to analyse student use of learning spaces – University of Leicester <ul><li>Two groups of students (UG and PG) used the iPod touches for a period of 4 weeks each. </li></ul><ul><li>Asked to microblog about where they were and what they were doing, to increase understanding of student use of learning spaces. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Undergraduate tweets
  23. 23. Postgraduate tweets
  24. 24. Other HEAT projects include: <ul><li>Evaluating e-book readers for marking student assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Use of Mediascapes to enhance mobile-based field learning (urban education) </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating the use of mobile devices to support disabled students </li></ul><ul><li>Over 80 projects in total </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>www.techdis.ac.uk/getheatscheme </li></ul></ul></ul>

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