In this webinar we welcome a group from the University of Southampton to share their learnings and approach to making accessibility improvements to courses, with the help of students themselves. Joining us on the webinar will be:
Dr Sarah Fielding, Digital Learning Team Manager
Matthew Deeprose, Senior Learning Designer
Luke Searle, Learning Designer
AbilityNet's Education and Workplace Relationship Manager, Helen Wickes, will also provide a refresher about accessibility in the higher education and public sectors.
'Accessibility Allies' project
The University of Southampton introduced Blackboard Ally (a tool that provides insight into an institution's accessibility) in Summer 2021. To support the rollout, five student interns were employed over the summer as “Accessibility Allies”.
In this webinar, learn how the University's Digital Learning Team organised the project, find out more about the work undertaken by the students and discover how they achieved impressive results, including an average 87% increase in course file accessibility score, benefiting more than 6,000 students.
In this presentation the team will share:
- The interview, training, onboarding, and workflow processes.
- How courses were prioritised for remediation work.
- The promotion and outreach activities used to spread the word about Digital Accessibility in general.
- How academic colleagues were encouraged to adopt more inclusive and accessible practices.
The webinar will include an opportunity for you to pose your questions about the topic.
(If you find that you can’t attend, please don’t worry. All of our webinars are recorded and you can find them on our website: www.abilitynet.org.uk/webinars. We encourage you to register even if you're unable to attend live, as both attendees and absentees will receive a link to the webinar recording and slides.)