Assistive technology - tapping the potential

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Published on October 12, 2007

Author: rsc_southeast

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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

Tapping the potential making e-learning work twice.

What’s in a name? E-learning IT Inclusion Accessibility Disability Activity – identify the accessibility benefits in….

E-learning

IT

Inclusion

Accessibility

Disability

Activity – identify

the accessibility benefits in….

TechDis research - 1 7 major disability advice organisations. What do you wish they said? 10% sample of English FE websites. What do they say?

7 major disability advice organisations.

What do you wish they said?

10% sample of English FE websites.

What do they say?

TechDis research - 2 7 major disability advice organisations. Staff Training and Awareness Actively Involving Learners Effective Transition Planning Effective Use of Technology Alternative Formats IT / eLearning implications? Accessible resources. Resources / activities. Assessment of need. IT / VLE / Assistive technology. Curriculum and staff development.

7 major disability advice organisations.

Staff Training and Awareness

Actively Involving Learners

Effective Transition Planning

Effective Use of Technology

Alternative Formats

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. 

Key opportunities Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice. Eg. Structured Word document Document map MindMap MP3 DAISY Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence. Software tools can support all learners.

Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice.

Eg. Structured Word document

Document map

MindMap

MP3

DAISY

Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence.

Software tools can support all learners.

Key opportunities 1/3 Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice. Example document .

Alternative formats derive from accessibility good practice.

Example document .

Key opportunities 2/3 Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence. Example resources – Camstudio ( 1 , 2 , 3 ); Wink ; Audacity . File sizes (Mb) 0.3 20 8 0.4 0.4

Varied learning experiences optimise confidence and competence.

Example resources –

Camstudio ( 1 , 2 , 3 ); Wink ; Audacity .

Key opportunities 3/3 Software tools can support all learners. Example software: DSpeech; LetMeType; WordWeb5.

Software tools can support all learners.

Example software:

DSpeech; LetMeType; WordWeb5.

Simple example of added value. TechDis research for Senior Manager Briefings: 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

TechDis research for Senior Manager Briefings:

Key conclusions The things that make a difference to disabled learners are Staff Training and Awareness Actively Involving Learners Effective Transition Planning Effective Use of Technology Alternative Formats These all have strong correlations to effective and well planned e-learning infrastructures. The key costs are not purchases but training for staff and learners. TechDis has a wide range of supporting resources for staff development and strategic planning.

The things that make a difference to disabled learners are

Staff Training and Awareness

Actively Involving Learners

Effective Transition Planning

Effective Use of Technology

Alternative Formats

These all have strong correlations to effective and well planned e-learning infrastructures.

The key costs are not purchases but training for staff and learners.

TechDis has a wide range of supporting resources for staff development and strategic planning.

Key references TechDis Senior Manager Briefings www.techdis.ac.uk/getbriefings TechDis Accessibility Essentials series www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials TechDis Staff Packs www.techdis.ac.uk/staffpacks

TechDis Senior Manager Briefings www.techdis.ac.uk/getbriefings

TechDis Accessibility Essentials series

www.techdis.ac.uk/accessibilityessentials

TechDis Staff Packs

www.techdis.ac.uk/staffpacks

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