As part of Learning Service’s “Inclusive by Design” initiative and on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Learning Technology Development (LTD) want to mention some of the things we are doing to support staff to generate content and resources that are usable for all. The team are working with others to improve content across all areas but more importantly for students to be able to use resources in a way that suites them and their needs.
Introducing Blackboard Ally (coming January 2019).
- Ally provides you guidance on how to correct accessibility issues with your digital course content. Students are able to download a version of the file most appropriate for their device and need.
Social Sites – VLE Skip Link option.
- Important for keyboard-only users to navigate VLE content without getting bogged down in a seemingly never ending series of clicks before they are able to move on to the next item.
Transcripts and Closed Captions.
- The latest LTD video productions contain transcripts for those who prefer to follow the action in word form. Closed captions offer everyone the ability to follow what is being said, especially good for those when English isn’t their first language.
Our Staff Development Programme.
- Aims to support staff in the production of content that means all students can benefit from your content, in a way they prefer and suites their learning style.
Want to learn more about these and how they and other technologies can support student learning, contact your Learning Technology Development Officer.