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Forget generation x, y, z… …its generation personal!

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Everyone personalises their driving position. When you get into a car, you personalise the seat, steering wheel, mirrors and music. You personalise to make driving safer, more sustainable and engaging for you. The car manufacturers do not create ‘differentiated’ vehicles, rather than design in the flexibility to enable personalisation. So how do we design in… Continue Reading Forget generation x, y, z… …its generation personal!

Accessible digital learning

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Introduction Modern learning and teaching involves both students and staff using a range of  digital tools, content and activities  to accomplish their educational goals. A quality benchmark to successfully integrating  online office tools such as 365 / GAFE. learning management systems or any online tool in a digital learning space is to ensure all users can perceive,… Continue Reading Accessible digital learning

Accessible educational materials

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Mainstream technology is transforming the creation and consumption of accessible educational media. Consider for example, how Apple products are not only simple, intuitive and easy to use and also include a variety of award-winning assistive technologies as standard. Other companies such as Google and Microsoft are making great inroads in building in accessible features within their products. Similarly… Continue Reading Accessible educational materials

Inclusive Art

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Our sensory capabilities defines how we perceive the world around us. Irrespective of our sensory abilities we all have a desire to create meaning of the world around us. Mainstream technology is having a very positive impact on how we gain or express meaning through art.  It is also transforming the creation of accessible materials in education. From using 3d printers… Continue Reading Inclusive Art

Digital style guide

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

All digital education content (created / curated) must comply with the Disability Standards for Education. To achieve this, it must be discoverable and usable from the start by any learner to enable them actively participate on the same basis on the device of their choice.  Creation / curation All content and systems must meet the Web… Continue Reading Digital style guide

Consistent teacher judgement of learning materials

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

This article is republished with permission of the authors Greg Alchin & Lisa Tonkin © 2013 Introduction The core quality benchmarks for any learning material is that all learners are able to use and engage with the material on the same basis from the start.  This involves curating or creating resources that all learners can… Continue Reading Consistent teacher judgement of learning materials

Accessibility checklist for web writers

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

An Australian web content consultancy known as 4syllables have a great collection of resources as part of their web content toolkit. One resource that stands out is the accessibility checklist for web writers. This checklist focuses on accessibility from a web writers perspective. The checklist is grouped into 4 topics: written content, structure and formatting, navigation, and images.

Colour contrast analyser

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
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As the Paciello Group’s website states “the Colour Contrast Analyser (CCA) helps you determine the legibility of text and the contrast of visual elements, such as graphical controls and visual indicators.” CCA is free, works on the Mac and PC. It provides you with: A pass/fail assessment against WCAG 2.0 color contrast success criteria. A simulation of certain visual conditions… Continue Reading Colour contrast analyser

Typographic design

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
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There are many information design decisions that we make as part of the process of creating high quality learning resources. These range from selecting age appropriate content,  through to the structure of the information as well as graphical design issues. Many teachers wrongly apply paper-based design rules when designing digital resources.  This inadvertently causes barriers… Continue Reading Typographic design

Creating accessible Office documents

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
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Every school in Australia has legal obligations and responsibilities under Federal legislation such as the Disability Standards for Education (2005) to ensure that all learners with or without a disability are able to participate in learning on the same basis. To ensure that all learners are able to participate in learning on the same basis may involve the school taking reasonable steps… Continue Reading Creating accessible Office documents

Creating captioned content

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
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Videos can be a powerful way to explain ideas and demonstrate concepts. It is important to ensure all videos are captioned so that, any user can perceive meaning from them. Captioning your videos makes a more usable experience for all users as well as achieving compliance with both the Department of Premier and Cabinet circular C2012-08 and the Disability Standards for Education (2005). What are… Continue Reading Creating captioned content

Web Accessibility testing tools

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Whilst we all want our websites to be accessible and usable by all of our audience, how can you quickly check if that is the case? Listed below are 4 web based automated checking tools that will test your site and give you a report of what works and what doesn’t. IDI ‘s Web Accessibility Checker University of Illinois’s… Continue Reading Web Accessibility testing tools