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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

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

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


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

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