Accessible and inclusive practice
Using technology innovatively to uncover aspects of inclusive practice
Ended 30 Jun 2011100%
The Higher Education Assistive Technology (HEAT) scheme funded over 80 projects designed to discover and develop an aspect of accessible or inclusive practice.
Higher education staff were invited to bid for items of technology to run small scale one year projects. The aim was to experiment with technology and use it innovatively in everyday activities to share good practice and discover new aspects of inclusivity.
Activities ranged from teaching and those which explicitly benefitted students and staff with specific impairments, to those which involved using technology to support a non-technological approach.
The nature of this small scale funding meant that the scheme was highly targeted with quick success and a lower administration and auditing burden.
Projects were subdivided into categories to make it easier to find projects of interest:
Video and audio: vodcasting, podcasting and reflective activities
Using audio and video to increase the accessibility of the learning context and to provide enhanced reflective opportunities that didn’t rely on the production of text.
Video in teaching resources, fieldwork and video conferencing
Use of camcorders to generate accessible teaching materials, to support interactive fieldwork activities and to facilitate video conferencing to enhance geographical accessibility.
Mobile and portable devices
From using '3D world' technologies to facilitate field trips, to making portfolio practice more accessible and streaming information for specific groups of students.
Examined the role of gaming devices or software in accessible e-learning.
Explored methods of accessible teaching using a variety of software and hardware, interactive activities and modification validation of assessment methods.
Assistive technology evaluations
Explored assistive technologies with learners in a range of contexts with reports on their suitability for different learning situations.
Assistive technology in learning
Production of bespoke materials for students with particular needs and to help disabled learners with specific tasks.
Widening access and support
Focussed on enhancing access to aspects of the education process for people with specific needs.
Enhanced staff awareness of inclusive practice and equipped them with tools to produce more accessible materials.
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This project ran until summer 2011