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An overview of articles, resources and perspectives relating to electronic books and inclusion.
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AccessTech News: Google Plus Keyboard Accessibility

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Alternative formats - what exactly is the disability? | Jisc TechDis Blog

Alternative formats - what exactly is the disability? | Jisc TechDis Blog | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
Digital text and assistive technology - a marriage made in heaven? But maybe too much of the accessibility agenda is being driven by the wrong people?
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Here’s the challenge…the technology is there, the possibilities are there, but the people with real influence are too passive.

Digital files have been part of the publisher’s workflow since 2000 so it would be easy to conclude that every print impaired person accesses their learning through digital texts, reducing the barrier of print impairment.

Predictably, it’s not that simple because teaching is complex, publishing is complex, ignorance is rife and disabled people are too passive. Let’s unpack that.

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Food for thought - accessible e-book platforms? | Jisc TechDis Blog

Food for thought - accessible e-book platforms? | Jisc TechDis Blog | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
Alistair McNaught draws on his dietary whims to ask when did it become the job of librarians to assess the accessibility of ebook platforms?
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Alistair highlights the fact that library staff have been pretty passive about this up to now but he suspect it's going to change sometime soon - it only takes one learner to sue one institution for one inaccessible ebook platform and there will be a scramble for platforms with decent guidance on their accessibility features

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Accessible learning materials at Dundee College Learning Hubs : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

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JISC RSC > NIACE publishes e-books guide for adult learners

JISC RSC > NIACE publishes e-books guide for adult learners | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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The book is a comprehensive guide for learning providers thinking about investing in e-book technologies. It covers topics like taking advantage of the features e-books offer learners; the options available including e-readers, tablets and smartphones; the costs involved; and technical and management issues.

 

It also includes examples of current uses and experiences in adult learning settings, recent research and projects and innovative uses of e-book technologies

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ebooks : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

ebooks : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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Summary of eBook related case studies.

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Creating Interactive & Student Centred ePortfolios using eBook Content Creators - City of Glasgow : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Creating Interactive & Student Centred ePortfolios using eBook Content Creators - City of Glasgow : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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Douglas Morrison is a lecturer in Stonemasonry and Conservation in the Faculty of Construction, Engineering and Energy at the City of Glasgow College. 

 

In this case study Douglas highlights innovative uses of Virtual Learning Environments, eBook creators, mobile learning, interactive assessment and e-portfolios for learners on stonemasonry courses.

 

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Sharing Stories: Creating e-books for iPad at Cumbernauld College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Sharing Stories: Creating e-books for iPad at Cumbernauld College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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Colleen Hurren, Learning Technologist at Cumbernauld College, has been exploring the potential of using iPads for learning and teaching with students. The college chose a Book Creator app, which was eay to use, low cost and proved to be extremely popular with students.

 

Beauty care students made reflective records of their work placement in Malta and an instructive book for hair design. The Book Creator app is also suitable for learners with learning difficulties and for those who find technology challenging. Join in the chat with Colleen at 12.30 to discover other ways to use this software in FE to create multi-sensory, interactive ebooks.

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Learner Engagement via eBook apps for iPad @ South Lanarkshire College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Learner Engagement via eBook apps for iPad @ South Lanarkshire College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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In this case study Lorraine Cochrane describes the work she has been involved in using iPads and eBook creators with students with learning difficulties at South Lanarkshire College. 

 

Lorraine works with numerous groups on an outreach basis at day centres supported by the College. She was keen to incorporate the use of iPads and iOS apps into the work she was doing with learners as a way of making learning experiences more active and participative and in addition she was keen to incorporate technology that was mobile and could be used in different environments.

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Libraries are at the heart of inclusion.

Libraries are at the heart of inclusion. | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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The library survey was conducted between January and April 2011 by JISC Techdis and endorsed by the Right to Read Alliance. An online questionnaire was devised and promoted to higher education (HE) librarians through the Higher Education Academy subject centre networks and a number of library lists, including those with specific disability interests such as CLAUD and the Open Rose Group in Yorkshire.

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Getting information in Alternative Formats - A guide for students and tutors

Getting information in Alternative Formats - A guide for students and tutors | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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For many learners, course materials in standard print format are difficult to use. Getting these in alternative formats could make a big difference but how do you find out what the options are? This guide seeks to provide an overview of the alternative formats available and how you can create them.

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Free eBook readers for iOS devices

Free eBook readers for iOS devices | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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There is a growing number of e-book reading devices available on the market, but this first generation of devices appear not to be fully accessible.

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Accessibility of e-Books

Alistair McNaught of JISC TechDis describes the accessibility benefits of e-books over traditional textbooks. A Transcript is available on the JISC Techdis w...
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Staff Guide making alternative formats at University of Dundee | Standardised Documents & Alternative Formats Service

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Guidance from the Alt Format service at the University of Dundee.  

 

The basic process of creating an alternatively formatted document is to extract text from existing document(s) ie e-books, PDF’s or printed material, then to copy this into a Microsoft Word document and present this in a structured way.

 

This staff guide provides more information

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ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers"

ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers" | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
Last week I attended the one-day conference "E-books and accessibility : ugly duckling or adolescent swan?" at Senate House in London. This was an excellent event organised by JISC TechDis, EDItEUR...
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Alternative text for eBooks - RNIB

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Guidance on adding Alternative (Alt) text to images in eBooks.
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Alternative to Books

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This document looks at alternatives to printed books - including podcasts, blogs and e-books - and looks at ways to try them to see what suits you

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eBooks for blind and partially sighted people

How do blind and partially sighted people read eBooks and what difference have they made to people's lives? Find out why eBooks have had a big impact, and wh...
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London BookFair 2013 – fishing in an ocean of opportunity | JISC TechDis Blog

London BookFair 2013 – fishing in an ocean of opportunity | JISC TechDis Blog | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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Creating ebooks for iPad at Cumbernauld College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Creating ebooks for iPad at Cumbernauld College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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A pilot project has been conducted with ebooks for iPad using the Book Creator app. 

 

Beauty care students have made a reflective record of their work placement in Malta and an instructive book for hair design.

 

The Book Creator app is inexpensive, intuitive and can be used repeatedly by multiple users.

 

The ebooks produced by the app can be generated in ePub format and as PDFs.

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Embracing ebooks in the Hairdressing and Beauty Department at Dundee College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Embracing ebooks in the Hairdressing and Beauty Department at Dundee College : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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Through JISC’s ebook for FE project, an opportunity arose to supply key online resources for Hair and Beauty departments, making it the ideal time to work with staff to train them in their use.


The staff of this department were keen to undertake training to utilise this technology, so a series of group training sessions were held with Learning Hub staff delivering the sessions. Since these sessions, the uptake among department staff has been remarkably high and there has been a subsequent considerable drop in hard copy resources purchased for this area.

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Accessibility Technologies : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase

Accessibility Technologies : JISC RSC-Scotland Showcase | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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The Techdis Toolbox provides a wealth of resources.

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e-Books and Accessibility – a briefing for academic librarians

e-Books and Accessibility – a briefing for academic librarians | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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e-Books do offer substantial potential for a wide range of users but this field is currently immature and there can be unexpected surprises – for example tutors and librarians may find that whilst the files are accessible the e-books may not be.

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Books are brilliant

Alistair McNaught of JISC TechDis describes in detail the benefits and potential of e-books and goes through some of e-book readers available today.
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-books and goes through some of e-book readers available today.

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Publishers List | Welcome to Publisher Lookup UK.

Publishers List | Welcome to Publisher Lookup UK. | eBooks and Accessibility | Scoop.it
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A resource to help librarians and disability support staff get to the right co

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