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Institutional change for improving accessibility in the design and delivery of distance learning – the role of faculty accessibility specialists at The Open University

Slater, Rachel; Pearson, Victoria; Warren, James and Forbes, Tina (2015). Institutional change for improving accessibility in the design and delivery of distance learning – the role of faculty accessibility specialists at The Open University. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 30(1) pp. 6–20.

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Abstract

The Open University (OU) has an established infrastructure for supporting disabled students. Historically, the thrust of this has focused on providing accessible adjustments post-production. In 2012, the OU implemented securing greater accessibility (SeGA) to raise awareness and bring about an institutional change to curriculum design so that the needs of all students, including disabled students, are taken into account from the outset of module design and production. A core component of SeGA is the introduction of faculty accessibility specialists (AS). This case study discusses the successes and challenges for AS in motivating and supporting production teams in the adoption of inclusive anticipatory practices to make new curriculum accessible. It also outlines the process of reasonable adjustment during presentation. It shows how collaborative working between AS has helped standardise design and production processes for accessibility, principles with wider relevance for supporting disabled students in other higher education

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 1469-9958
Extra Information: Special Issue: Accessibility of open, distance and e-learning for students with disabilities
Keywords: accessibility; distance learning; disability; module design
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Design and Innovation
Item ID: 42534
Depositing User: Rachel Slater
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 09:54
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2017 17:21
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/42534
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