Adapting to Fit Using Forms

Chloë Hynes
Twitter Profile: @PDNorth_FE 10th August 2021

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

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. Additionally, I am the lead for PDN (FEtapestry) where I curate a blog, newsletter and... more

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

It gave me 6 ways to review and reflect on a course I was re-writing. This course if successful in this form could then be rolled out as a recommended format to our other courses. The course was previously delivered online in a blended learning manner with website study content, a course of webinars, and assignments completed via a very large Word document. However, we wanted to refresh and... more

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

After doing an accessibility check on our new website, I decided to revisit all our online learning elements, too. As an organisation, we are keen to model effective use of different digital platforms, however I was keen to ensure we didn’t introduce too many as it would be overwhelming. Whilst it would be good to showcase what different platforms could do, the course I was writing needed... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

I trialled Jamboard for collaborative activities during drop-in sessions as they have a simplified interface and you can use templates to help organise content for ease of comprehension and to reduce cognitive overload. Following the session, they can be downloaded as visually organised JPEGs to curate group discussion. However, these are not accessible as screen readers cannot read the image.... more

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

Whilst subtitles can be viewed on embedded videos, there were no alt-text capabilities for images. However, I countered this by using the caption area instead. Some of the assessment content is in tables and long descriptions which wasn't easy to add to the form as text, so I created a series of screenshots being sure to pay attention to contrast etc. However, this meant that the content... more

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

The feedback for the asynchronous Google Form approach, in addition to the synchronous and optional peer and tutor support has been positive, mainly because of its flexibility and self-personalised nature. Using Google Forms has enabled the final assessment to be scaffolded over the course of the qualification and accessed in learners' own time, at their own pace and in their own way.

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

Carrying out all the trials necessary in order to find the best approach for this particular course, has enabled me to become increasingly more aware of the accessibility considerations for specific platforms we use that we need to take into account as an organisation. Most recently, I have been able to use this learning in order to make recommendations to the way in which we delivered our end... more

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

I would like to carry out a full audit of the digital platforms and assets we use as an organisation. I will begin this by checking the accessibility statements of each (including any partial compliance and what the companies are doing about it). This will allow us to be aware of any accessibility issues practitioners may face with the platforms we were using and how we can counter this, make... more

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Context
FE
Keywords
Online Courses Learning Online Online Learning Digital Learning Accessible Platforms Practitioners Teacher Trainer Education Consultancy Equitable Google Forms Google Jamboard Wakelet

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