Accessibility in An Engineering Environment

Christopher Lindridge
15th October 2020

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)

The establishment which i currently work within is a Large FE College where we also deliver HE and WBL programmes within the engineering sectors (Mechanical and Electrical). I currently deliver programmes to level 3 full time learners and Apprentices within the Electrical discipline and have the responsibility for the Apprentice provision and its structure for the curriculum delivery. The age... more

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

Following the completion of the modules online i gathered the information and created my own 'To do' list as the training had raised my awareness of how the current curriculum and the resources could be adapted to increase accessibility by the learners. The existing resources were reviewed critically to determine if and if so how they could be adapted to ensure that they were suitable... more

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

When any learner enrolls at the college they are asked to declare any learning disabilities or special educational needs. Where in the majority this system works there has been occasions when a learning need has became apparent which was not stated at the outset. Regardless of when the additional need is identified I have worked with both the Individual and the colleges learning support to... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

New approaches that have been trialed following the completion of these modules are as follows:

1. QR Codes for learner access to online resources and assessment tasks
2. Learner feedback to determine what barriers they felt were effecting their studies
3. Learning everywhere which has encouraged the learners to use their own devices to access the virtual classroom... more

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

The uptake and enthusiasm of the learners involved was an excellent indicator of the positive impact of the ideas introduced especially with the implementation of the virtual classroom. However one issue was that some learners initially had difficulty in accessing the online platform but this was resolved in time.

If I were to start this project again with what I have learned... more

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

The information which was gained completing the modules gave me the opportunity to reflect upon my own delivery practice and review my own approach to accessibility in terms of teaching. Overall there has been a positive impact on the learning experience as the approaches have been directed towards enhancing resources for their benefit which has in the majority been well received. Although... more

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

As part of the departments strategic focus I have been working on the development and implementation of digital resources within the curriculum, the initial intention was to encourage the use of digital devices within the classroom but this was expanded to include remote online delivery. Due to the current pandemic this has been an excellent opportunity to initiate a change beginning at peer... more

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

It is intended that further CPD sessions will be held with other curriculum staff from other faculties such as Welding and Motor Vehicle so that the ideas and approaches adopted by the engineering staff for sessions can be rolled out. This will hopefully also generate further discussion and new ideas/approaches as new staff contribute to the sessions.

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