Teaching and Learning for All – Symposium Programme & Booking – 12 July 2018

The event has two bookable sessions: 9:15 – 15:00 and 15:00 – 16:30. 

Book your place for 09:15 – 15:00  ||| Book your place for the Bb ALLY workshop 15:00 – 16:30

Time Session How to book
9:00- 9:30 Coffee and Registration

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to join us from 09:15 to 15:00

9:30-9:45 Welcome


Our very own Prof Clare Furneaux (via video), Chair of the University’s Implementation Group on Inclusive T&L Practice and Prof Richard Mitchell, Chair of its Staff Training Sub Group will welcome us and set the scene for the day. Annabel Avery from the University’s Disability Advisory Service will discuss practical adjustments to teaching looking specifically at the University of Reading context.


9:45-11:00 Shape shifting and invisibility – alternative approaches to inclusive practice , Alistair McNaught, JISC


We all carry narratives in our head which influence the way we work and can end up influencing the entire culture of an organisation. But there are different ways of telling stories and different lenses through which to view them. This session will explore our stories of accessibility and inclusion through the lens of the technologies we use in teaching and learning.


Taking a light touch approach – and based on a current Accessibility Snapshot of the university – it will explore how barriers can be removed and opportunities improved. It will be practically focused, helping you to evaluate both practice and policy.


The keynote will be delivered by Alistair McNaught from JISC, an accessibility and inclusion specialist whose role is to advise on how organisations can use technology to maximise accessibility ranging from best practice in supporting disabled learners to creating better experiences for all learners – and indeed staff.

11:00 -11:20 Coffee Break
11:30 -12:30 Practical adjustments to make teaching more inclusive, Annabel Avery, DAS, University of Reading


This interactive session will give you an overview of the range of disabled students at the University of Reading, discuss the challenges and needs of these students and invite you to explore how you can make your teaching more inclusive (especially for  group work and presentations).

12:30-13:00 Panel Discussion


Experts from the University of Reading, JISC, Microsoft, Blackboard will answer your questions



Lunch and Market Place


Over lunch you will have the opportunity to visit the marketplace where university support teams will be at hand to answer your questions.


TEL team: Blackboard ALLY

IT: Technology for Accessibility

DAS: How to support students with needs

Study Advice: Student Support

Library: Accessible Reading Lists

OOC Team: Accessibility Considerations in Open Online Courses

14:00-15:00 Microsoft built-in Accessibility Tools, Hector Minto, Microsoft


Hector will talk about Microsoft’s promise to Inclusive Design and will demonstrate how the in-built accessibility features of Microsoft Office 365 can make practice more inclusive. He will cover accessibility settings, tools to enhance reading and writing experiences for people of all abilities, accessibility Checkers and much more.



Accessibility and Beyond: Let’s play with ALLY, Gillian Fielding, Blackboard and TEL team


ALLY is a Blackboard tool that will be available to the University in August 2018.


This hands-on workshop will introduce you to ALLY and give you the opportunity to find out how it can automatically create alternative formats of your Blackboard course content as well as assist you in creating accessible documents in a step-by-step approach.


To make this workshop fun and engaging, we will be using some features of gamified/playful learning: Storytelling or theme, username/avatar (and not your real name), leaderboard (check the competition), badges and bonus points (as opposed to marks), prize to the winner.


This workshop is aimed at staff uploading, developing and designing digital content on Blackboard Learn: academics, teaching staff and assistants, learning technologists, staff and tutors supporting students with specific educational needs.






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to join us from 15:00-17:00



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