Technology as a Springboard to Inclusive Practice
Technology, Accessibility and the University of Reading
The effective use of technology can play a key role in reducing the barriers to student participation and success. Knowing how and in what ways current technologies can make learning accessible can act as a springboard to inclusive practice that can benefit all students.
Within the context of the Curriculum Framework, and the Teaching and Learning Strategy, this one-day event aims to raise awareness about accessibility and inclusivity in T&L and to provide practical advice and ideas on how technology can enhance teaching and make it more inclusive.
The event brings together expert external speakers in the field of accessibility and inclusion, alongside internal University specialists who are addressing the issue of inclusive practice at the University. The interactive sessions are designed to stimulate discussion and provide advice, and ideas on how available technologies can help you to make the leap to inclusive teaching, ranging from Blackboard to Microsoft Office 365 and beyond. During the expert panel session, you can have your questions answered, while the TEL team and other University Support Services will be available during the day to get you started.
- Shapeshifting and invisibility – alternative approaches to inclusive practice,
Alistair McNaught, JISC
- Practical adjustments to make teaching more inclusive,
Annabel Avery, DAS, University of Reading
- Panel Discussion,
Experts from the University of Reading, JISC, Microsoft, Blackboard
- Microsoft built-in Accessibility Tools,
Hector Minto, Microsoft
- Accessibility and Beyond: Let’s play with ALLY,
Gillian Fielding Blackboard and TEL team
This fun workshop/competition will introduce you to the Blackboard ALLY tool which automatically creates alternative formats of your Blackboard course content to benefit all students and assists you in creating accessible documents in a step-by-step approach.
The TEL Team