'Having full accessibility to a mainstream device (and what devices!) is a rare and beautiful thing...' Inspiring and useful article by Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, the UK's leading technology and disability charity, about the accessibility features of iOS devices and apps.
Some tips on developing accessible online materials (which you might use in assessment)...As one of the last things I did in completing my sample course for my online teaching certification, I ran through an accessibility checklist....
Assessment for learning can be supported through embedding assessment within the curriculum. Given that a key consideration when developing the curriculum is to create a useable, accessible learning experience for all, inclusive practice should underpin the curriculum development. JISC Techdis has brought together a range of resources in one place to offer organisations the Accessible IT Practice Support Programme, which will help staff to think about how they can use technology in a more inclusive way and meet the needs of all learners.
This article by my colleague Margaret McKay, the Advisor for Access and Inclusion at the JISC RSC Scotland introduces a new open source e-Portfolio tool that has been specifically created for students with learning disabilities/difficulties. Having seen a run-through of it, I like some of the features which include a picture password, a clean, easy to navigate interface and inbuilt 'Scottish' text to speech capacities.
The Open Badges and Assessment forum is exploring how Mozilla's upcoming Open Badges framework might be used in education. This article, which focuses on inclusive practice, provides some potential applications of using open badges for rewarding and recognising skills / competence that would be harder to assess through current assessment practices.
Ofqual (who regulate qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland) are inviting responses to a consultation on making exams / test items more accessible. While not specifically about e-Assessment, the accessibility and readability of all assessments is important whether they are delivered using technology or not.
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