• Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

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    GAAD 2024 celebrations take place Thursday 16th May and is all about making the digital world more inclusive for everyone, including those with disabilities.

    When it comes to learning, accessible content is crucial to ensure that all students have equal opportunities to succeed.

    Implementing accessibility features such as transcripts, alt text, and compatibility with assistive technologies, we can remove barriers and allow everyone to fully engage with the materials we create regardless of their abilities. In doing so, we promote diversity, enhance comprehension, and foster a more accessible education experience for all.

    By prioritizing accessibility in online learning materials, we can create a more equitable educational environment where every student has the chance to thrive and reach their full potential.

    That’s why we, in Learning Services, are celebrating GAAD by increasing awareness and promoting practices that make digital content more inclusive for all learners!

    During Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Learning Services are putting on a two GAAD Special events:

    Make Your Content Accessible.

    Thursday 16th May.

    Time:  10:00 – 12:00.

    Venue: LP 0.26 – IT (Law & Psychology Building).

    Email: [email protected] to book your place.

    A special session, where you will learn techniques for building content accessible prior to publishing.

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    Doc Martin’s Drop-in Surgery.

    Thursday 16th May.

    Time: 12:00 -14:00.

    Venue: Oak Room (Catalyst).

    No booking required – just drop-in for a chat.

    Doc Martin returns to his surgery, for an opportunity to talk about your document accessibility challenges.

    headshot of Martin Baxter, Learning Technologist from Edge Hill University who will be running this drop in session.

    Anthology® Ally Initiatives.

    Also Celebrating Accessibility and Inclusion are our colleagues from Anthology® Ally.

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    Throughout May 2024, the Anthology® Ally team will be hosting a variety of engaging activities to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Month (GAAM) aimed at making accessibility a priority and creating a positive impact on inclusive learning around the globe.

    Learn more about GAAM and join us. Register today.

  • Join Our Digital Student Internship: Boost Your Employability this Summer!

    Are you an Edge Hill student looking for a summer opportunity to enhance your employability while earning money and working as part of a team?

    Look no further than our Digital Student Internship! Starting June 10th, 2024, this 10-week paid program offers three positions, with two interns per role, fostering potential teamwork across positions.

    You’ll gain invaluable work experience and access diverse training sessions to sharpen your skills for future job interviews. With approximately 80 students already benefiting from the program, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

    Curious to know what they said? Check out their thoughts on our Padlet board!

    Don’t miss this chance to enrich your graduate profile and learn from real-life scenarios. Apply now!

    📣 Digital Skills Intern

    📣Digital Accessibility Intern

    📣 Learning Technology Intern

    Digital Student Internship 2024
    Leah Wilson
    Leah Wilson – Digital Learning Technology Officer

  • Padlets Latest Features – My Top 6 Favourites

    Many of us are integrating Padlet into our teaching, learning, and team collaboration. Signing up for a free account grants you access to three Padlet boards initially. Once you’ve used these, if you are a staff member, we can add you to our institutional license, providing you with endless boards!

    Don’t forget you can embed your Padlet boards within Blackboard or simply share a link. Lots of our colleagues are using it across the University in a variety of ways including promoting student engagement with ice breakers, feedback and posting questions as well as group collaboration on topics or simply a way to share a collection of resources. If you are using Padlet it would be great if you could add a post to our ideas board to share with your colleagues 😀

    Examples of Using Padlet from across EHU https://edgehill.padlet.org/leahwilson4/examples-of-using-padlet-from-across-ehu-v7gnssqpik3rj84k

    Padlet has recently introduced some exciting new features that are worth exploring. Below, I’ve highlighted my top six favourites for you to consider.

    Magic Padlet: Generate Padlets with AI

    The Magic Padlet feature within Padlet uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically generate Padlet boards based on user criteria input.

    It’s easy to use. Simply select Make a Padlet from the dashboard, then select the green button in the top right corner of your screen.  You will be prompted to choose from eight formats.

    Choose from a range of formats including Lesson Plan, Classroom activities list, Timeline of events, Reading List, Map of historical events, Assessment pools, Rubric, custom board

    I had a play with this and selected ‘Timeline of events’ which shows a clear order of events.   In the prompts I entered Timeline of British Monarchy, and this is what it generated!

    Timeline of the British Monarchy generated by Padlets AI

    For more information on the different formats read the Padlet Gazelle article:  Magic Padlet: Generate Padlets with AI

    I would also recommend reading Padlets help page on AI including ‘Limitations to consider’ before using this feature.

    Freeze Padlet

    You can now freeze Padlets to lock in the content forever.  This prohibits any changes to its content, no one will be able to add, edit or delete posts.  To freeze a Padlet, simply click the three-dot button in the action bar and select Freeze Padlet. You might want to consider freezing a Padlet at the end of a module or programme to stop further interactions occuring in a space that may no longer be monitored.

    Only admins of a Padlet are allowed to freeze or unfreeze. I have found this function useful when using Padlet to share a link to feedback with a group.

    If you decide to unfreeze the Padlet it will function as it did before.

    Select Freeze padlet from the action bar menu.

    Template Gallery

    If you need a bit of inspiration when creating your Padlet board the new Gallery contains over 250 templates for you to use.   Instead of starting from scratch each template offers a specific possibility with detailed instructions on how to build your board. 

    You can use the search function to find the template that will work for you, and everything is customisable!

    Search from a range of templates in the gallery

    AI Image Generation – for those “I can’t draw!” moments

    Have you ever gone down a rabbit hole trying to find the perfect image for your teaching materials?  With Padlet’s new feature ‘I can’t draw’ you can enter a text-based prompt and an image will be generated within seconds.

    Click on your Padlet to add a new post and select I can’t draw. In the below example I typed ‘A cartoon style drawing of a smart owl‘. Pretty good results, I think!

    Breakout links

    A breakout link allows a group of users to collaborate in a single section of the Padlet without being able to see the other sections.

    To use this feature your Padlet must contain sections, simply click the three-dot button in the action bar and select Share and then Breakout links.

    You can then selectively copy a specific section and share it with users, granting them access to add posts. They will only see the section you’ve shared, while the posts they add will appear on the main Padlet board for you as the creator to view.

    Scheduled Posts

    It’s now possible to schedule Padlet posts, this means that rather than a post appearing immediately you can choose a specific date and time for the post to appear, this could be useful if you wanted to use Padlet within a session and wanted answers to appear part way through the lesson.

    Set a future publish date for your posts to appear on the Padlet wall.,

    Further support

    If you would like help with any of the above features or just want to get started with Padlet email [email protected] to book on a session.

    Leah Wilson – Digital Learning Technology Officer