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From compliance to culture change; turning digital accessibility legislation into a quality student experience

July 5, 2019 - 09:15 - 10:30

This session requires booking, please book here.

At first glance, preparing for digital accessibility legislation seems as exciting as going to the dentist and maybe just as stressful.

This session attempts to show otherwise. Using a range of practical activities to help you reflect on your own good practices, the session will explore the opportunities the legislation provides for the kind of joined up thinking that will help

  • maximise return on investment,
  • optimise the student experience,
  • prioritise staff training and
  • rationalise quality assurance processes.

By the end of the session you will have a sense of how your practices compared to other universities And you will have started drafting and accessibility statement for the relevant parts of the digitally state over which you have influence.

The trainer:

Alistair McNaught was a front line teacher for 20 years. His passion to make students more engaged and independent learners led him into e-learning, flipped classroom and online learning before joining the Jisc TechDis service in 2004. As a senior adviser he explored the opportunities technology gave to ‘un-disable’ students experiencing barriers to learning. This involved working in higher and further education, prison education, specialist education and adult community learning, as well as working with government agencies, content creation tools and low tech, cheap and free technology solutions. From 2015 to May 2019, Alistair worked as Jisc accessibility specialist, helping develop the Accessibility Snapshot service and working with Government Digital Services to minimise unintended consequences of the Public Sector website regulations. Outside of work he leaves technology in favour of simple pleasures like walking, cycling, wild camping, kayaking, traditional music and folk tales.

This session requires booking, please book here.


July 5, 2019
09:15 - 10:30
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Room T1.01
The Curve, Teesside University, Middlesbrough Campus