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Jisc RSC Eastern eFair July 2013 'A leg to stand on... (Jisc Techdis, inclusion technology advice)'


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Recently published guidance for disabled students itemises a range of technology based "reasonable adjustments" they should expect to find in any post 16 learning provider.These expectations are based on advice and guidance that has been available to the sector for more than 6 years so learning providers claiming they didn't know wouldn't have a leg to stand on.

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Jisc RSC Eastern eFair July 2013 'A leg to stand on... (Jisc Techdis, inclusion technology advice)'

  1. 1. A leg to stand on Technology to know about and act on before somebody else does.... Alistair McNaught Senior Advisor
  2. 2. 10 percent 10% of your learners are print impaired. They are helped by network wide tools like: Mindmapping, Text to speech, Structured Word documents, Colour/contrast switchers, Audio and video • • • • • ? MyStudyBar? AT Bar? Individual downloads?
  3. 3. 9 (x7) free online accessibility webinars TechDis Tuesdays - 21 Xerte Fridays - 39 UK online - 3 Attendance by sector since January 2012: HE% FE% HE & RSC/ Specialist FE% Service% College% Other% Xerte Friday 36 24 1 15 2 23 TechDis Tuesday 44 19 1 14 14 8
  4. 4. 8 questions for students to ask How many can you answer with a confident “Yes”?
  5. 5. 7 training packs Launched over 7 years ago. CD packs posted to every FE college in UK. Currently being updated into 5 brand new training resources.
  6. 6. 6 online accessibility self assessments Launched 4 years ago. Self assessment survey that allows you to see your results anonymised alongside others.
  7. 7. 6 brand new staff training resources • • • • • • Introduction to accessibility and inclusion Built in accessibility Accessible Documents and Presentations Accessing Online Content Creating accessible teaching materials and content Mobile and portable devices
  8. 8. 5 Toolbox themes Learner focused resources but also ideal for staff development training. All based around free tools and technologies.
  9. 9. 4 resources for library staff • Publisher Lookup site • eBook platform • • accessibility guidance Obtaining text books in alternative formats Libraries at the heart of learning publication.
  10. 10. 3 (x6) learning provider projects Making the most of Jisc Resources for inclusive teaching and learning: es servic J is c C o ACL, ry llections dviso A WBL, ars Curriculum based exempl Specialist Colleges, kits Ji s c su p Tool ported to Xerte FE, ols Offender learning sources re Open educational
  11. 11. 2 voices • TechDis Jess and TechDis Jack • Free for post 16 learning providers AND their • • learners. With free (eg Balabolka) tools and inbuilt functionality (eg Word 2010 “Speak text”) offers high quality text to speech for 4.6 million learners. 13/42 colleges in SW have downloaded them.
  12. 12. 1 leg to stand on Appropriate use of simple and free technologies can transform inclusion. Inclusive practice is good for ALL. Inclusive practices are a legal right for a disabled learner. Disabled learners are getting more aware of what you could and should be doing. Jisc TechDis and Jisc RSCs can help you do it.