This four-part training course focuses on minimising barriers for disabled students and using your technology infrastructure to provide more inclusive experiences for all.
We'll help you explore your own data and policies from a different angle in order to see opportunities you might be missing.
Issues faced by organisations
An organisation’s efficiency and responsiveness depends largely on the effectiveness of its technology infrastructure and the digital competency of its staff. But what happens when a proportion of staff and students are accidentally excluded from participation?
Inaccessible technology tools and substandard accessibility practices have significant costs for educational institutions. These may include support costs, reputation costs or impacts on retention, satisfaction and achievement.
Corporate policies addressing accessibility and inclusion are often restricted to dealing with the symptoms (how to help students overcome barriers) rather than the cause (how to produce barrier-free learning and teaching).
- Share good practice and learn from others from within the academic sector
- Targeted assignments let you apply your knowledge to your organisation
- No travel - attend from your desk
- One year of online support following the course
- Course materials including case studies, checklist and examples
- Learn from subject experts from the Jisc community
Each of the live sessions will start at 14:00 and you will need to complete each session and assignment to progress through the course.
The sessions will involve presentations, audio and interactive chat both as a whole class and in breakout groups.
During the sessions you will have plenty of opportunities for discussions and communication with your peers. We encourage participation and hope that you will feel able to share your experiences and examples of good practice with the group.
The session will be run in Adobe Connect. In order to access the session you will require a web browser running Adobe Flash, and a headset or headphones and a microphone.
This course can be adapted for single institution delivery so you can have more control over timing and staff attendance.
Who should attend
These four online courses are designed to equip professionals in the further and higher education sectors with the skills to influence senior managers, policy holders or quality processes in order to improve inclusivity.
They will be of interest to staff involved in managing or influencing institution wide services including those with responsibility for quality assurance, equality and diversity, library/learning resource services, student support/student experience and curriculum/faculty management amongst others.
There is an expectation that participants will engage in follow-up activities between sessions so that the principles become personalised to your own organisation.
What we cover
Session one - 15 January 2018
Session one covers data and evidence. It explores how you can benchmark your accessibility.
The session is both practical and strategic, helping you explore the inclusiveness of your website and prospectus as well as identifying internal sources of data that can inform accessibility success.
We also provide practical benchmarking tools to supplement your current data sources.
Session two - 22 January 2018
Session two explores reasonable expectations and the concept of a “minimum student entitlement”.
We will help you test your practice against student-facing advice produced by disability advocacy groups. We will look at potential efficiency savings of moving to an ‘inclusion-first’ model of practice.
Finally, we look at staff training implications and how accessibility awareness can help support other key agendas.
Session three - 29 January 2018
Session three focuses in on your existing policies, ensuring effective ‘join-up’.
We will help you search your own policies for links to accessibility, disability, assistive technology and inclusive practice.
We will help you identify opportunities to ensure good practice in one area isn’t undermined by lack of awareness in another.
Session four - 5 February 2018
Session four is about prioritising, promoting and embedding; how to recognise ‘hidden’ sources of internal expertise.
We’ll explore different models to champion inclusive practice and identify strategic ‘quick wins’ that can embed good inclusive practices in standard organisational quality processes and frameworks.
Following the online course, delegates will be able to:
- Use a range of data sources to get a holistic understanding of accessibility and inclusion in their own organisation
- Identify and exploit missed opportunities in current policy frameworks
- Use accessibility arguments along with equality legislation to promote minimum standards of inclusive practice across the organisation in specific, role related contexts
- Plan short-term and long-term improvements to existing quality processes and frameworks that will:
- Raise the profile of inclusive practice and
- Enhance the quality of other institution-wide agendas
Pricing and eligibility
- Jisc institutional members - £350 + VAT1
- Other organisations - £500 + VAT
- 1 If, in addition to paying a subscription, your institution has opted to become a Jisc institutional member, then - as part of our VAT-exempt cost sharing group - you will not be charged VAT on your course fee. For more information visit our VAT-exempt cost sharing group page: https://www.jisc.ac.uk/membership/vat-exempt-cost-sharing-group
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01235 822242