This article has been written whilst preparing for our forthcoming joint forum bringing together key protagonists from the LibTech and the Inclusion in eLearning forums. This event takes place on Thursday 17th November in ...
Utilising the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle), the in-house skills of the eLearning Technologist and Marketing team, the new online resource, My College, provides greater access and inclusion for all Motherwell College's stakeholders.
Why it is important to bear these issues in mind when technologies are used to deliver learning and teaching. These student can learn just like anyone else, they just need to have their difficulties understood.
A list of considerations for web developers working with IBM to meet accessibility standards. Sensible, Meaningful, Achievable, Realistic and Timely i.e. SMART approach to accessibility. Thx to Martyn Cooper for spotting it.
I recently visited Brooklands College in deepest Surrey. Lorraine Crossland’s team there is working on one of the JISC TechDis Ambassador programmes and my role for the day was to observe, report and deliver a little training.
From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...
A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations...
The validity of open badges is perhaps one of the key concerns raised when I discuss them. I think this article proposes some useful ways for considering this, focusing on how notions of credibility and reliability inform our perception of what is, or is not valid...
'The question of validity is posed fairly commonly.* It goes something like this, “How can we ensure that the badges have a sense of validity?” or “Who will vet them?” or “How will we know that they’re worthwhile badges issued from reputable sources?”
There is a good deal of subtext embedded in these seemingly simple questions. And bound into that subtext is an unwitting/unacknowledged acceptance of the sociocultural status quo. That tacit acceptance should be unpacked and considered. How does any organization achieve validity? How do standards become standards? When the landscape is unknown, how do you learn to trust anything?'
Mar Pérez Sanagustín, along with Alejandro Martínez and Carlos Delgado Kloos, recently won the prize for the best demo at the European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) for their project, “etiquetAR: Tagging Learning ....
Sensible use of QR codes can extend the range of information available to the student and provide access to content which may have been more difficult in the past.
'Badges' offer flexible routes to assemble evidence of experience which is naturally occuring in the workplace or elsewhere. Higher Education can utilise these in novel ways but initial resistance seems to stem from the 'badge' as a trivial item, thereby misunderstanding how it can capture and share experience. Once settled with a few worthy examples, I hope the potential can be exploited across disciplines - beyond the boundaries of the institution.
Henshaws College in Harrogate has launched an accessible version of YouTube, which was funded by Jisc through Jisc Advance. It allows people with learning difficulties and disabilities to use this mainstream technology independently.
This handy resource is ideal for users with low vision and/or dexterity problems.
No principally inclusion but an important part of the landscape.
This presentation will explore how to plan a video curation strategy, how to determine what sources are appropriate for your visitors, and how you invite and curate user-generated and user-submitted content.
From article on Streamingmedia.com:
"Curation can solve the problem of abundance online, Steven Rosenbaum explained at the recent Streaming Media East conference in New York City. While creative professionals occasionally disagree with curation, it's a way for site owners to present strong material to site visitors and cut through the clutter.
"Content curators are distributors of collections," explained Rosenbaum.
That's the abundance problem. If you went ahead and made all the curators in the world go away, you'd still have this signal-to-noise problem that we laid out at the beginning of the talk. So, absolutely no way is curation the thing that is the enemy of creation."
A well-planned content curation strategy doesn't simply present a list of videos to site visitors. It presents a collection with personality. When curating materials to present, think about the persona that makes that collection unique..."
Today I have been writing a section on Disability and Accessibility for a paper for LAK13 entitled “What Can Learning Analytics Contribute to Disabled Students' Learning and to Accessibility in e-Learning Systems?
There are real benefits to young people with learning disabilities and autism using the internet for learning and social interaction and increasingly the internet caters for their needs with accessible design and simplified language.
Fluid was formed as a open source community back in 2007 to make a long-term impact on the usability and accessibility of the web. From the start, our goal has been to:
Share new design methods that empower users to be co-creators, not just passive consumers of user interfaces Devise new development tools for building software that can adapt to individuals Foster an open source community that welcomes and includes “the rest of us;” the designers, testers, and non-geeks who otherwise wouldn’t get involved in open source
From our experience building real applications over the years, it became clear that today’s software development idioms don’t support this vision of user interfaces that can be easily adapted, transformed, and reconfigured. The software industry’s design patterns and “received wisdom” more often than not result in expensive, brittle, and hard-to-maintain user interfaces that don’t match the needs, preferences, and creativity of users.