Accessibility by PowerPoint

Chloë Hynes
Twitter Profile: @PDNorth_FE 3rd May 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in Accessibility (Adopting)

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)

I work for an education consultancy as a teacher trainer and resource designer. I’m currently working towards ATS and specialise in ESOL, English and digital. My passion lies in community learning, empowering people through developing their literacies; whether that’s English or digital resilience.

How did you use the learning from this module in your teaching context?

The module gave me pause for thought and encouraged me to look at my own resources with fresh eyes. I returned to my PPT presentations (and worksheets / resources etc) and carefully considered the amount of words on each slide, and in each section. Asking what the purpose was for each bit of text and whether it was necessary.

I looked at using different fonts to signify... more

What worked well?

Using different fonts for certain parts of the slide helped to create some structure within the individual slides, as a whole deck and even garner familiarity and expectation from session to session. For example, I used Segoe Print for hints, tips or tasks to imply that it was something I was directing to the trainees either personally or informally.

What would you do differently next time?

I considered all the items I didn’t need on the slide and as such, I removed the footers including page numbers. However, when delivering online with only one screen, I found it difficult to keep track of where I was up to in the deck. I also found that having slide numbers on aids learner navigation when they’re accessing their own copies.

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