Were you unable to attend the Climbing the accessibility mountain… or using the ski lift webinar moderated by Becky Hartnup, and hosted by Alistair McNaught? The main points have been summarised here, along with the answers to any questions you may have around creating an accessible syllabus, and digitally inclusive learning experience.
Aurelie Soulier’s work is within the UK open-source technology company, Catalyst IT. She is a product specialist, which consists of supporting clients with their learning technology, design and configurations to help them make the best possible use of Catalyst IT’s open-source educational tools. As a product specialist, she uses her 13 years of experience as a learning technologist and her knowledge of learning tools to support and train her clients.
I asked Aurelie for her recommendations for academic leaders who are expanding their use of technology in order to be able to flex their offering, and continue to deliver a high-quality student experience, regardless of the circumstances.
“I had to make a choice,” she said. “I had enough time and energy to struggle with inaccessible content and complete my degree, or I had enough energy to sue the University for failing in their anticipatory duty. I didn’t have enough energy for both.”
This was a specific email exchange with the student. It provides an insight into what the Public Sector Bodies Web Accessibility regulations aims to achieve where previous legislation failed.
Accessibility is about users, not standards.
In the ever-changing landscapes of digital learning, accessibility, and higher education, it can seem a daunting prospect to stay on top of it all.