My role and responsibilities in ensuring I am compliant

Sophie Allen
22nd November 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 am a Trainer Assessor, delivering Level 2/2 Apprenticeships in Adult Care and Level 3 Teaching Assistant in FE. In addition I am a digital and learning champion at college. I work both at college, delivering classroom taught theory sessions, and in the workplace. I am required to maintain positive working relationships with employers and learners, adapting delivery to suit varied abilities,... more

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

I feel I am continuously using this knowledge as I am now much more focused and aware on accessibility and requirements of this. When creating resources, or using digital tools, I question now their suitability for all of my learners. I also consistently share information with my colleagues and when supporting as part of my digital and learning role, I refer them to a built in accessibility... more

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

I am definitely going to look at how I can use voice over/audios more. I know I deliver content within sessions, however learners cannot retain everything I present afterwards. If I were to use more effectively audio/transcript tools, I feel I would providing equitable access not only to learners who have additional learning needs, but all of my learners. This would also support my workload and... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

I have started to look at NearPod to support inclusion and accessibility. While I have not fully utilised this as yet, I am keen to use this to allow all learners to fully participate in sessions, while still allowing me to ascertain knowledge retention and progression. This will be something I further explore, however I need to consider how I can record sessions using any of these digital... more

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

I have still to work on this, so feel a further reflection will be required. However, this being said, when previously I have used audio tools on PowerPoint for learners who have not attended sessions, this has supported them significantly and has improved the standard of knowledge work and minimised questions coming back to me, so has promoted independent learning through accessibility tools.

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

As mentioned above, it will have supported in independent learning and hopefully cemented knowledge and understanding. By being able to read and hear information while not actually attending a taught session, it supports asynchronous learning allowing learners to be fully immersed in the learning experience, promoted inclusive practice while not even attending onsite (Hybrid learning)

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

As part of my role as a DLC, I am required to support, mentor and coach staff in the use of digital tools. This requires me to gather information myself and share best practice with my colleagues. This supports the strategic agenda for the college of ensuring effective use digital skills and upskilling as well as compliance with accessibility legislation. When supporting colleagues in the... more

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

To ensure I commit to the changes I have detailed above. Use audio/transcripts tools more. Continue to further enhance my knowledge and share new information gained to follow agreed ways of working. Continue to critically reflect and share best practice and utilise the tools I have at my fingertips

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