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5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.

What comes to mind when you hear ‘accessibility’?

For many people accessibility is associated with supporting students with special needs. However, accessibility is important for all students, as it provides a better browsing experience, especially on mobiles and tablets, which are rapidly gaining in popularity.

This post will give you 5 high-impact practical steps to improve the accessibility of your unit. Continue reading 5 tips to improve the accessibility of your iLearn unit.

Simple tips to make your Powerpoint more accessible

You may have heard that PowerPoint Presentations aren’t accessible to students with a disability. While this may be true for some presentations, there are many things you can do that will not only improve the accessibility of your PowerPoint but also make it more engaging. Here a few things to keep in mind for your next PowerPoint presentation….

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eBooks in Indigenous Tertiary Education

The Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) at Macquarie University has recently completed an OLT project aimed at providing indigenous tertiary students with resources than can help them to begin their studies in higher education. Titled Impact of accessible eBooks on learning outcomes for Indigenous students, the project involved the development of course components that can be accessed as stand-alone resources on tablet devices that do not require access to the Internet. Continue reading eBooks in Indigenous Tertiary Education

I’ve got designs on you……

Who do you have in mind when you design or add content to your unit?

Braille Font Keys, Image courtesy of Hans, Pixabay, http://pixabay.com/en/braille-font-keys-metal-plate-52554/The needs of students with disabilities are often overlooked when academics are designing and building an online unit.  Sometimes it is due to time constraints, busy workloads or not knowing where to seek help. Online learning should be an even playing field, even if you are unaware of students with any special learning needs, you should be designing and building as if there are.  ‘But where do you find help?’ I hear you ask. Continue reading I’ve got designs on you……

A series on digital media, copyright and creative commons – Part 1: Media.

Where is digital media?

This is an introduction to a series of blog posts focusing on contemporary issues relating to media, copyright law and creative commons. Comments are encouraged by all. 

Photo adapted from mkhmarketing: http://bit.ly/1gjceKu
Photo adapted from mkhmarketing: http://bit.ly/1gjceKu

There is no doubt today’s society and culture is media rich. Videos, music, and interactive multimedia are now available as forms of digital media across the Internet. Continue reading A series on digital media, copyright and creative commons – Part 1: Media.

Unlock the Hidden Secrets of W5C 210…and All the Other Rooms Too

The new Room Profile page from Timetables tells you all you need to know about teaching spaces across Campus, including photographs, room capacity, equipment, access details, Echo360 and a host of other info.
Just click on the room in the list to view: http://timetables.mq.edu.au/scientia/web/list.htm
Look out for new Smart Codes on classroom doors so that students can view timetable details with the QR readers on their phones.

Student support services in open, distance and flexible education

Latest Articles on Student Support Services from Open Praxis

Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. It is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education – ICDE.

OpenPraxisThe latest issue of Open Praxis features an interesting range of papers on student support services including:

  • The move from geographical to pedagogical student support at the Open University, UK;
  • Wellness promotion in online learning with examples from the US and a set of recommendations;
  • Open education resources (OER) in teaching and in learner support;
  • Student drop-out rates at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia;
  • Accessibility improvements for disabled students through cloud services at SUNY Empire State College, US;
  • Course-embedded student support for online english language learners; and
  • The introduction of an online student support platform at Wawasan Open University, Malaysia.


Guides for Academics from Students with Disabilities

A blind person using a BrailleNote Apex BT 18 Braille Notetaker

At some point in a career every teacher will encounter students with some level of disability or impairment.

 The University of Melbourne has recently released another two of their informative guides providing tips and advice that students with disabilities want teachers to know.  The new guides are the ones about Acquired Brain Injury and Anxiety.  Other guides cover topics such as Hearing Impairment, Mental Illness, Blindness, Dyslexia, MS, and mobility problems.  The guides can be found at http://www.unimelb.edu.au/accessibility/guide/.

 You might also be interested in some of the Inclusive Practice resources produced by Macquarie.

– Tony Dwyer, LTC’s Head of Web, Media and Development Services