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Tapping the potential making e-learning work twice.
What’s in a name? <ul><li>E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>IT </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li...
TechDis research - 1 <ul><li>7 major disability advice organisations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you wish they said? </...
TechDis research - 2 <ul><li>7 major disability advice organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Training and Awareness </li>...
TechDis research - 3 50% learning materials on VLE. More accessible learning materials   Teaching and learning, inclusive ...
Key opportunities <ul><li>Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg. Structure...
Key opportunities 1/3 <ul><li>Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Example  docu...
Key opportunities 2/3 <ul><li>Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence. </li></ul><ul><li>Example re...
Key opportunities 3/3 <ul><li>Software tools can support all learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Example software: </li></ul><ul><...
Simple example of added value. <ul><li>TechDis research for Senior Manager Briefings: </li></ul>Less than 60% surveyed had...
Key conclusions <ul><li>The things that make a difference to disabled learners are  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Traini...
Key references <ul><li>TechDis Senior Manager Briefings  www.techdis.ac.uk/getbriefings </li></ul><ul><li>TechDis Accessib...
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Assistive technology - tapping the potential

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A presentation from Alistair McNaught of Techdis, comparing the benefits and barriers created by m-Learning with the benefits and barriers inherent in a traditional learning experience it is possible to evaluate the best approach for a particular group of learners. To be presented at the RSC SE e-learning Fair 2007 at Southampton Solent University on October 26th 2007

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Assistive technology - tapping the potential

  1. 1. Tapping the potential making e-learning work twice.
  2. 2. What’s in a name? <ul><li>E-learning </li></ul><ul><li>IT </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>Disability </li></ul><ul><li>Activity – identify </li></ul><ul><li>the accessibility benefits in…. </li></ul>
  3. 3. TechDis research - 1 <ul><li>7 major disability advice organisations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you wish they said? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10% sample of English FE websites. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do they say? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. TechDis research - 2 <ul><li>7 major disability advice organisations. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Training and Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Actively Involving Learners </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Transition Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Effective Use of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Formats </li></ul>IT / eLearning implications? Accessible resources. Resources / activities. Assessment of need. IT / VLE / Assistive technology. Curriculum and staff development.
  5. 5. TechDis research - 3 50% learning materials on VLE. More accessible learning materials   Teaching and learning, inclusive learning award Redesigning of learning materials where necessary  AT loans, AT assessment, IT infrastructure, AT training   Supporting inclusion in the classroom training sessions. 
  6. 6. Key opportunities <ul><li>Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg. Structured Word document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Document map </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MindMap </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MP3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DAISY </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence. </li></ul><ul><li>Software tools can support all learners. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Key opportunities 1/3 <ul><li>Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Example document . </li></ul>
  8. 8. Key opportunities 2/3 <ul><li>Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence. </li></ul><ul><li>Example resources – </li></ul><ul><li>Camstudio ( 1 , 2 , 3 ); Wink ; Audacity . </li></ul>File sizes (Mb) 0.3 20 8 0.4 0.4
  9. 9. Key opportunities 3/3 <ul><li>Software tools can support all learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Example software: </li></ul><ul><li>DSpeech; LetMeType; WordWeb5. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Simple example of added value. <ul><li>TechDis research for Senior Manager Briefings: </li></ul>Less than 60% surveyed had a DES online. Two thirds of the statements were in PDF format with most of the remainder in Microsoft® Word. % PDFs with bookmark navigation – 0 % DESs with advice on accessibility - 0
  11. 11. Key conclusions <ul><li>The things that make a difference to disabled learners are </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Training and Awareness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Actively Involving Learners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Effective Transition Planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Effective Use of Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative Formats </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>These all have strong correlations to effective and well planned e-learning infrastructures. </li></ul><ul><li>The key costs are not purchases but training for staff and learners. </li></ul><ul><li>TechDis has a wide range of supporting resources for staff development and strategic planning. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Key references <ul><li>TechDis Senior Manager Briefings www.techdis.ac.uk/getbriefings </li></ul><ul><li>TechDis Accessibility Essentials series </li></ul><ul><li>www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials </li></ul><ul><li>TechDis Staff Packs </li></ul><ul><li>www.techdis.ac.uk/staffpacks </li></ul>

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