Reflection for 2 Star Badge - Accessibility (Leading)

Alistair McNaught
19th March 2020 (edited on 19th March 2020)

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in Accessibility (Leading) by Alistair McNaught

Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

Teaching context = creating online resources for an EU Erasmus project to support the digital skills of teachers. My background is in elearning and staff development, helping staff to use technology to enhance their repertoire of pedagogical approaches. Learners are teachers and trainee teachers and the context is a monthly webinar with usually 40 - 80 participants.

How did you use the learning from this/these module(s) (briefly describe the learning context, with a focus on Accessibility)

Given the importance of accessibility (and benefits it can provide all learners) in any aspect of digital practice, I'm looking over our previous resources and ensuring accessibility is suitably covered in each session. Currently it's looking good but as we re run sessions I'm revisiting to ensure we've not missed any opportunities to make the link between ANY digital... more

How did you adapt/modify activities and/or resources for your context providing alternative approaches with specific reference to Accessibility practices?

We had one participant who found processing new information at speed quite difficult and wanted to print out everything before the webinar. We provided the link to the content, a link to a previous recording and confirmed that we would record the upcoming session so it could be reviewed at the participants convenience.

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

We gave the participant some guidance on alternatives to printing out everything - for example adapting the content on screen to make it better for their reading preferences. A colleague tweaked the code on the learning resource to allow printing of multiple pages in one go.

What worked well, or did not work so well? How would you approach the activity/use the resource differently next time?

The print all pages option is hampered by the fact that many pages have multiple tabs. Only the currently selected tab gets printed out.
The video recordings are successful and get good hit rates but we use Vimeo and there is no automated speech recognition for captioning in the way that YouTube provides. This didn't impact on this particular participant but we may need to change... more

How did the learning from the module(s) impact on the quality of the learning experience?

Accessibility is embedded into the workflows - from the registration form inviting people to discuss access needs with us through to the use of a highly accessible content creation tool (Xerte toolkits), the choice of templates to optimise accessibility and attention to accessible practice (heading styles, colour choices, image descriptions etc) in creating content for each session.

How have you initiated strategic change/quality improvement in relation to Accessibility, eg at a peer, department, organisational, regional, national level)?

When the webinars are advertised we usually highlight inclusiveness and accessibility as one of the outcomes, irrespective of the specific e-learning topic being covered.

What will be your next step in bringing about further change?

Explore the possibility of moving to YouTube or - alternatively - autocaptioning the recording using a captioning tool. Or using a tool like Otter.ai or even Microsoft Dictate to provide a transcript.

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