Accessibility in Digital Learning in Further Education

David Holland
28th February 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)

New to the role in a FE college, my responsibilities are to work with students to resolve any issues they may have accessing their online learning, from solving device/connection problems to providing in-depth familiarisation and coaching so they get the most from their online experience. I have a background in teaching software platforms in a commercial setting.

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

My role directly relates to equitable and inequitable access for students who are, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, primarily learning at home on various digital platforms. Working in one of the most deprived areas in the county, students come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds. The area has two very good grammar schools and several schools that are in the lowest two Ofsted categories.... more

What worked well?

Engaging learners can be if they shut themselves away through fear or insecurity of adapting to online learning. A collaborative approach to overcoming this, using parents and mentors is key.

What would you do differently next time?

Engaging learners can be challenging if they shut themselves away through fear or insecurity of adapting to online learning. A collaborative approach to overcoming this, using parents and mentors is key.

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