Assistive technologies for FE and skills
Part of an ongoing programme of work to encourage innovative projects in the UK further education (FE) and skills sector
1 year and 4 months
Ended 31 Jul 2015100%
£50k to £250k
This work includes the updating or repurposing of publicly-funded resources to improve their accessibility and meet the requirements of new technologies.
Each project was funded to contribute to the key policy priorities for the sector, namely:
- Developing new uses of technology and / or the innovative adaption and rollout of technologies
- Overcoming barriers to the adoption and use of technology in the sector
- Integrating new technologies
About the projects
Projects funded in the area of assistive technologies are listed below.
Planning tool for autistic learners
Henshaw’s College is building an innovative, cost-effective day planner tool to help learners with autism sequence their day. This includes a task-oriented sequence slider which allows a learner to complete a sequence of tasks or travel routines in their own time independently
User testing to support disabled learners
National Star College is establishing a service that can offer developers a choice of user groups and environmental contexts. This will enable products developed for people with disabilities to be consistently tested, shaped and fit for purpose.
Raising mental health awareness through augmented reality
South Staffordshire College is creating a series of augmented reality posters which give easy access to information around early intervention in mental health self-awareness. The aim is to raise awareness in this area, both for learners and staff.
West College Scotland is developing Kinetic applications using Kinect SDK for Windows to enhance learning and teaching for a diverse range of learners with requirements for specific postures or motor skills. These range from dance students to learners with co-ordination or mobility difficulties.
This project ran until summer 2015