Reflection for 2 Star Badge - Accessibility (Leading)

Rachel Sherwood
19th March 2020

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

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 lead Teaching, Learning and Assessment coach for digital Technology in my college which enables me to promote Digital Technology across the college where I run projects and CPD sessions about using Digital resources to enhance teaching, learning and assessment. I have been teaching for over 15 years.

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

I used the learning from these modules to think and implement changes to my resources, especially using sound to talk through instructions and key words that might be difficult to pronounce or remember for some learners. At the moment, I don't have learners who are hard of hearing or have visual impairments but I do have learners who prefer or understand better if instructions are read out... more

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

As I have mentioned in the previous box, some learners prefer instructions and key words to be read out to them, so providing auditory instructions onto my Nearpod and You tube videos onto padlet has ensured that those learners have a better understanding of what they need to do. This has enabled them to carry out the tasks or to carry them out to a higher standard

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

In Nearpod you can upload an audio file. I did this on a slide before giving the learners the activity. I did also have it written down into nearpod. As this was student paced, they could also go back and re-listen to the instructions.

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

It did work really well and learners enjoyed working at their own pace, but were able to see other peoples responses to the task I set out. One thing I would do differently is to encourage learners to use earphones so if they are going back a slide to re-listen, i don't have my voice repeatedly going around the room. This could also distract others.

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

Learners could understand the questions better and this had a positive impact on the quality of their answers. They could also go back to the auditory sounding of the key words and read the word too. This helped with remembering the words but also how to spell them, so they felt more confident including the terminology in their answers.

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

I am making progress in disseminating my knowledge of accessibility within the organisation and this will be a real focus going forward. I have arranged a trial with Nearpod so that learners can access the sessions any time and also use the student paced . I have a project going on at the moment and all attendees are supported in adapting the changes they need to promote accessibility . I have... more

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

Within my role of Lead TLA Coach in Digital Technology my Training and Development sessions will focus on accessibility and enhancing resources to provide inclusive learning as well as promoting the EdTech badges as this will assist staff on their digital journey

Login or Sign Up to view this reflection!

You'll also be able to save your progress as you complete our learning modules, earn badges and leave comments.

Join the conversation!

Has this reflection made you reflect on your own practice? Inspired you to do something differently? Do you already use a similar approach or have you an alternative to share? Login or signup to join the conversation.

About This Reflection

This contributor earned a badge for this reflection!

Badge for Accessibility - Leading