Date & Location
|15th October 2010
||JISC TechDis, York
|22nd October 2010
||Portland College, Mansfield
|5th November 2010
The Accessibility Research Centre (ARC) at Teesside University is holding a series of one day workshops on the "design of widgets for inclusive distributed environments". The events are part of a JISC-funded Distributed Learning Environments (DLE) project to develop resources to extend the functionality and flexibility of VLEs.
These events are of interest to those directly involved with the teaching or support of disabled learners and students in FE and HE, including lecturers, tutors, learning technologists, disability coordinators etc. The workshops are an opportunity for participants to specify and produce learning designs that will be developed for you into bespoke small applications known as widgets.
The workshop will give participants an overview of existing accessibility widgets and prepare you for thinking about the potential of widgets for accessible e-learning. Working in small groups, you will brainstorm, discuss, design, and refine ideas for your own learning designs into a requirements specification for the widgets. At the end of the workshop, participants will be provided with a memory stick containing JISC RSC EduApps, presentation material from the workshop, a link to the Wookie server where the widgets will be hosted and some sample widgets. Post-workshop, each specification will be transformed into a widget by the ARC developers, and the participants will then evaluate the finished product online. You do not need to have any experience of widget development.
A suite of bespoke, accessible learning applications (widgets) based on delegates own designs that can be used with their students and learners, shared and adapted.
||Arrival, registration, tea & coffee
||Introductions and outline of the day's activities
||Overview of open source and freeware accessibility software (Dr Simon Ball, TechDis)
||Introduction to creation and use of mobile prompts (widgets for visual prompts for young adults with learning difficulties) (Matthew Harrison, Portland College)
||Participants outline their proposed learning activity and placed into groups.
||Interactive hands-on session.
Working collaboratively on poster templates to create content in small groups facilitated by roving presenters
||Presentation and discussion of designs (Results captured/archived digitally)
||Plenary feedback: on key issues, development of widgets and evaluation plans
Cost & Registration
Free with lunch included (unfortunately we cannot reimburse participants' travel expenses).
You can register at http://arc.tees.ac.uk/workshop/register.php
For more information contact Voula Gkatzidou: firstname.lastname@example.org