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Material design icons

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Research highlights that utilising a common and consistent set of icons within digital learning materials helps to anchor a users thinking and decreases unnecessary cognitive load. Material design system icons are simple, modern, friendly, and sometimes quirky. Each icon is created using our design guidelines to depict in simple and minimal forms the universal concepts… Continue Reading Material design icons

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

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

What can teachers learn from great marketing campaigns?

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
Think, Feel, Act

No matter what profession you are in, we can all benefit from fresh perspectives. Sometimes the best ideas comes from outside the profession or organisation as it creates a shift in our thinking about the situation or task.  So what can teachers  learn from great marketing campaigns? Not the dodgy cheap and nasty advertisements but… Continue Reading What can teachers learn from great marketing campaigns?

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.

Typographic design

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
font elements

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

Social bookmarking – Curating the web

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Why should I learn about and use social bookmarking? As this infographic from Intel titled “What happens in an Internet minute? ” shows there is so much content available to learners the key lies in having the capacity to search for, and curate quality content to support your learning journey. Hence the need for social bookmarking.… Continue Reading Social bookmarking – Curating the web


Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

EPUBs are a thriving flexible format that is commonly used to create books for digital publishing. Whilst comparatively new to other formats EPUB has garnered a significant amount of attention from major digital publishing houses, self published authors and educational institutions. Here is a snapshot of the major educational benefits of this format. Benefits ePubs… Continue Reading ePubs

QR Codes

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code). The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. QR codes are readable by QR scanners on iOS devices, DER laptops or mobile phones with a camera. Whilst originally designed for the car… Continue Reading QR Codes

Thinking tools

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

Design thinking is not rocket science, but when a school is trying to bring a focused approach to thinking differently, it helps for people to have a common set of tools and language on which to distill what may at first appear to be disparate and complex concepts into clarity. For many years the CAP… Continue Reading Thinking tools

Creating accessible Office documents

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin
Inclusive Design Research Centre

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

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