Wednesday was the CETIS Accessibility SIG (special interest group) meeting in Bangor in North Wales. My what a long way away that is! The taxi picked me up at 5.50 am and I got home at about 10 pm. However, it was an excellent day with some really good presentations and the chance to talk and meet other people in the same line of ‘business’. The first presentation was from Dr Elaine Pearson from Teesside University, Accessibility Research Centre on a symbol based VLE for learners at Portland College. They’re doing some really interesting work on adaptable learning objects and VLEs.
E A Draffan gave an introduction to the Lexdis project which is exploring the eLearning experiences of disabled students at Southampton University. It contains a whole range of useful resources including guides for making accessible learning materials, . It’s worth while spending some time hunting round the site – lots of good stuff there. She also went through the Techdis Web2Access site which comments on the accessibility or otherwise of various Web 2.0 applications.
After lunch Craig my colleague from RSC North East Scotland did his presentation on AccessApps. This started as a small project to provide free assistive software on a USB stick and it’s grown and matured into a fantastic resource for both teachers and learners. They are now developing TeachApps and LearnApps to complement the orignal. We heard this morning that the team have just won a prestigious IMS Global Learning Consortium Award for accessibility. Well done guys.
Finally it was my turn and as usual I didn’t stick to what I’d prepared and wandered about the subject (Accessible Log-ins) with the promise to send the presenation for later. The Specialist Colleges in the North West had given me some really good resources and I emphasised that there were no actual ‘solutions’. I’ll post seperately on this. All in all an interesting and constructive day .