Qualified! ….to save money and improve services, Alistair McNaught and Di Dawson

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"Qualified! ….to save money and improve services: Supporting learners, up-skilling staff and demonstrating inclusion" - a workshop delivered by Alistair McNaught and Di Dawson at the Becta-LSIS Leading Innovation: Embracing Technology conference, 20 October 2009

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Qualified! ….to save money and improve services, Alistair McNaught and Di Dawson

  1. 1. Qualified! ….to save money and improve services. <ul><li>Supporting learners, up-skilling staff and demonstrating inclusion </li></ul>Alistair McNaught Di Dawson
  2. 2. Learning scenario 1 <ul><li>Talented trainee hairdresser has poor literacy levels and is struggling with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reading the theory part of the course. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>demonstrating his knowledge when writing up the assignments. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Learning scenario 1 <ul><li>Talented trainee hairdresser has poor literacy levels and is struggling with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>reading the theory part of the course. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>demonstrating his knowledge when writing up the assignments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structured document . Document to Mind Map. Document to Mobile. Text to MP3 . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading aids – Sprot , ssOverlay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative assessment - Camstudio . XMind . </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Hair assessment
  5. 5. Learning scenario 2 <ul><li>An older learner on an Access course is an avid reader but her vision has declined recently and she struggles with reading the small print in the textbooks and course handouts on the VLE. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Learning scenario 2 <ul><li>An older learner on an Access course is an avid reader but her vision has declined recently and she struggles with reading the small print in the textbooks and course handouts on the VLE. </li></ul>eBooks (plus VirtualMagnifier), WebView on course documents. FireFoxCLC or WebbIE for browsing.
  7. 7. Learning scenario 3 <ul><li>A review of library policy has shown that the induction process is a poor use of staff and student time. The library staff have limited technical skills but would like to make an appealing, interactive online induction with simple quizzes on using their e-book software. How can they go about this? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Learning scenario 3 <ul><li>A review of library policy has shown that the induction process is a poor use of staff and student time. The library staff have limited technical skills but would like to make an appealing, interactive online induction with simple quizzes on using their e-book software. How can they go about this? </li></ul>Xerte software. CamStudio clips. Podcasts.
  9. 9. Developing skills and capturing them Peter – Quality Manager “ By taking our staff through Accessibility Essentials materials we have moved a long way towards implementing practical improvements for all users especially those with disabilities” Sasha – Additional Learning Support “ The Staff Packs have been a great way of getting ready-made training materials to use to raise staff awareness and the Access Apps have been brilliant at making learners more independent” Allen – Head of Subject “ We had our staff trained in using the Xerte tool and I've been delighted at the way former technophobes are now creating engaging and accessible learning resources” www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials www.techdis.ac.uk/staffpacks www.techdis.ac.uk/getaccessapps www.techdis.ac.uk/getxerte
  10. 10. ITQ for Accessible IT Practice <ul><li>Recognition of skills being used </li></ul><ul><li>Training to fill the gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgement of good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible to suit everyone’s role </li></ul>
  11. 11. Core units <ul><li>The User Fundamental Unit incorporates portable applications and also looks at how to effectively use all the accessibility options within a Windows or Mac environment and how to use browser plug-ins to improve an IT user’s browsing experience. </li></ul><ul><li>The Text-to-Speech software Unit will look at a range of free, simple-to-use tools you can use to listen to handouts or other texts. This is a chance to explore ones you may already use, such as DSpeech or Robobraille, or you might have access to commercial versions such as Read Write Gold. </li></ul><ul><li>The Improving Productivity using IT . You’re asked to reflect on all stages of use from planning to use a piece of software for an intended purpose/target audience, to implementing its use then reviewing whether it has been successful and how it has made you or others more productive or efficient. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Optional Units (choose 2 or 3). <ul><li>Word Processing </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Xerte software </li></ul><ul><li>Website Software Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Using Audio Software Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet Unit </li></ul><ul><li>Using Internet Unit </li></ul>
  13. 13. What we can offer <ul><li>To deliver… ITQ and inclusive practice training </li></ul><ul><li>To support… your existing ITQ team – about the Units & approaches </li></ul><ul><li>To support… the ‘new’ assessors you can now use </li></ul><ul><li>To help… you interpret the ITQ criteria </li></ul><ul><li>To help… you consider what is good ITQ for Accessible IT Practice evidence </li></ul>
  14. 14. What we won’t be including <ul><li>The signing off of your portfolios….we aim to grow your team of assessors so they become confident in assessing ITQ for Accessible IT Practice – it’s the best sustainable approach. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The costs <ul><li>Costs vary between £50 to £150 per candidate depending on delivery model you adopt. </li></ul><ul><li>Once your staff are confident in content delivery, assessment and verification you are free to deliver internally using our online resources. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Interested? <ul><li>Register your interest at [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Find more information at www.techdis.ac.uk/get-itq </li></ul><ul><li>Guest access http://tinyurl.com/techdisitq </li></ul>

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