Digital Accessibility in Higher and Further Education Conference 2016

Unlocking Student Potential in Higher & Further Education         

Thursday 7 April 2016

10.00am - 4.30pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

BCS Members: £60.00, Non-members: £84.00, Concession (Students & Over 60s): £30.00 (Please select 'Yes' to the 'Are you a full time student?' question, during your booking.)

Please register by midnight Wednesday 6 April 2016, a limited number of places are currently available - please enquire.

Microsoft Word Icon Agenda 

Microsoft Word Icon Speaker Biographies

Computing Conference Offers Tangible Help to Disabled Students

Disabled students are often unable to utilise their IT skills either because they’re not able to use ‘conventional’ classroom facilities or because the online learning tools haven’t been designed or implemented correctly.

A major conference in London organised by the British Computer Society (BCS) in April aims to highlight some of the challenges and engage students, IT professionals and academics in providing recommendations and solutions.

Associate Professor at Middlesex University, Gill Whitney, explained: “Too often the individual support for disabled students at college or university is likely to be a jigsaw of fragmented pieces”.

“As an academic, I know that most years I have four or five students with visible and hidden disabilities, I remember working with a mature student in his first year work with Disability Support Services to bring the right pieces together. He was able to complete his first year successfully”.

Digital accessibility aims to match the needs of people with various disabilities in accessing online teaching resources. The objective of the conference is to enable current computing and IT students to reach their full potential by making sure materials are properly designed for students with disabilities. Sometimes, a minor change in a piece of software can make the difference between disabled students being unable to use it at all to them utilising the computer program to complete a piece of coursework unaided.

*Conference delegates will pool thoughts on how to support students with disabilities to achieve their full potential. The focus here is on computing and information science and technology within higher and further education, although the problems encountered by students with disabilities are endemic across education. Delegates will share experience and produce recommendations for improvements/actions in two key areas:

  • Best practice in providing accessible course materials
  • Training the next generation of IT professionals in best practice for making IT systems truly accessible

Speakers include:

  • Majid Khan, a graduate from Loughborough University: Accessibility from the student’s viewpoint
  • David Sloan,The Paciello Group: How to Teach and What to Teach: an accessibility consultant’s perspective
  • Emma Cliffe, University of Bath: Accessible Teaching Methodologies for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
  • EA Draffan, University of Southampton: 'Developing Accessible MOOCs (Massive open online courses)
  • Peter Olaf Looms, Looms Consulting: Accessibility Content to support future employability of Computing and STEM students


Microsoft PowerPoint Icon Digital Accessibility & MOOCS

PDF Icon Accessible assessments PDF or ...? - Ted Page

Microsoft PowerPoint Icon Accessible assessments PDF or...?

Accessible STEM - Anticipating and resolving barriers - Emma Cliffe

PDF Icon What Happens Next ? - Peter Olaf Looms (7.8Mb)

Microsoft PowerPoint Icon What Happens Next? - Peter Olaf Looms (4.3Mb)

What Happens Next? - Peter Olaf Looms (Podcast)

PDF Icon OLA! Enhancing the accessibility of open learning - Francisco Iniesto

Microsoft PowerPoint Icon What to teach and how. A consultant’s perspective on accessibility education - David Sloan

Microsoft PowerPoint Icon Making Accessible PDF documents in Virtual Environments: PDF guidelines for UK lectures in Higher Education - Dr Faezeh Seyedarabi & Rocio Calvo

For more information

Gill Whitney, Conference convener

David Rippon, Chair BCS Digital Accessibility Specialist Group

*The conference qualifies for Continuous Professional Development (CPD).