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Moving forward with digital accessibility in Higher Education

Moving forward with digital accessibility in Higher Education

Dr David Sloan's slides are available here: Moving Forward with Accessibility in Higher Education presentation slides.

 The latest TEL:US Podcast with Dr. David Sloan is now available on Anchor below or on iTunes. (Podcast transcript)


Digital accessibility has become a significant concern across higher education, in part due to legal obligations, and also due to the opportunities that inclusive digital teaching and learning resources can offer students and staff with disabilities. A focus on accessibility can help ensure that digital resources are usable by the widest possible audience, leading to better learning experiences. However, the topic can seem complex and daunting, especially to those unsure of their obligations or where and how to prioritise efforts.

The purpose of this session is to clarify the roles and responsibilities for an institutional digital accessibility strategy, and highlight some key steps individual content creators involved in teaching and/or support for learning can take to ensure their resources are optimally accessible. Through discussion and practical examples, the session will explore key accessibility concerns when creating digital educational resources, and share some basic best practices that can be applied using common digital content creation tools, such as Word and PowerPoint. We’ll also look at some tools and resources that can support the process of accessible authoring.

About David

Dr David Sloan is User Experience Research Lead for The Paciello Group (TPG), an international digital accessibility consultancy. He has nearly 20 years’ experience as a researcher, educator and consultant specialising in accessibility and inclusive design. He joined TPG in 2013, having previously worked at the University of Dundee’s School of Computing, one of the world’s largest academic research groups investigating accessibility for older and disabled people. During his time at the University of Dundee, he established the University’s Web Accessibility Service, and also led the Digital Media Access Group, a campus-based accessibility consultancy group. David completed a PhD in 2006, investigating the effectiveness of the web accessibility audit as a motivational and educational tool in inclusive web design.

Dr David Sloan, The Paciello Group

Dr David Sloan

The Paciello Group

The Paciello Group provide consultancy services which aim to help achieve end-to-end accessibility in organisational websites, applications and processes.

For further information, see the Paciello Group website.

Where and When?

Jane Attenborough Studio, ACCA Centre
University of Sussex 
12.30 - 2pm, 22nd Feb 2019

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