Digital inclusion takes into account the variety of learning styles and contexts in which students may be studying – whether this is full-time, part-time, blended learning or distance learning.
Staff should be aware that the USW Disability Service recommends a number of different technologies to support students. These include the mind-mapping software Inspiration, screen reader and magnifier Superova, RNIB Bookshare, Class Notes apps, screen reader Window Eyes, and the AMIS DAISY format reader.
Digitally inclusive materials meet accessibility needs through their design and the mode of delivery.
Using the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) you can produce digitally accessible course content.
Ally is a built-in accessibility tool for Blackboard. It is able to do 3 things:
Using the University’s lecture capture tool you can record lectures while you are giving them. You can also use the desktop recorder to make videos or narrated presentations any time that suits you. The software will also allow you to stream yourself live. Using Panopto means that:
There are useful guides on how to create accessible documents produced by Microsoft.
On all Office 365 programs you can use the Accessibility Checker to find accessibility issues.
SensusAccess provides Inclusion Technology that allows students and staff to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media including audio books, e-books and digital braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG picture and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats.
Learning takes place within a learning space. These learning spaces can include
Blackboard has a number of collaboration tools that can allow you to communicate and collaborate with your students online. The in-built Blackboard Collaborate tool can enable you to
Additionally Blackboard discussion forums and Blackboard blogs can help students to work together online.
Audience response tools allow students to contribute anonymously and silently, and when used within a learning space can widen student participation. The university’s supported audience response tool is Vevox.
Using Vevox students can
Digital tools can increase student access to formative and summative assessment, and to important feedback.
You can use the functions available within Blackboard to set up assessments in the form of:
Students submit audio and video assignments to the Panopto cloud.
Microsoft PowerPoint can be used to record narrated presentations for formative or summative assessment. Presentations with narrations can be saved as a video file and then uploaded to Panopto.
You can use the Peer Review feature within Turnitin for formative and summative assessment tasks.