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Accessibility Challenges and Techniques for Open Educational Resources

This wiki will host the activities of the ACTOER Project to investigate and improve accessibility support in Open Educational Resources.

This wiki is work-in-progress to continually capture the findings of the project team as we challenge typical OERs with a focus on accessibility. We will investigate OERs in situ where possible with a range of learners.

Project Team:

Terry McAndrew - TechDis (Project Manager). Current roles: Advisor for JISC TechDis, Academic Lead Higher Education Academy. Chair ILSIG. Twitter for TechDis: @terrytechdis
Shirley Evans - TechDis (Project Officer) working on a range of European projects and intiatives relating to accessibility and inclusion - ENABLE; e-Safety and vulnerable adults; OER and research into alternative format provision. Some time social networking UX Developer - SocialLearn; currently an Associate Lecturer on the Level 2 ICT course T215 Communications and Information and Technology and advising on the accessibility of the OU's new flagship ICT course TU100 My Digital Life. Member of the OU's Visual Impairment Working Group. Involved with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and a Member of the Membership Services Committee, the CMALT Development Group and the ALT-C Conference Committee. I am also a founder member and Secretary of the Inclusive Learning Special Interest Group (ILSIG). Follow me on Twitter @shirleyevans

Accessibility Specialists (with education domain)

Mike Thrussell - Henshaws (Specialist College) - MT reports

Jenny Donald - KMTrainingLTD (Work-Based Learning) - JD reports

Kirsty Shepherd - Linkage Community Trust (Specialist colleges) - KS reports

Nick Jeans - Sero (FE and Skills) - NJ reports

Nick has 22 years’ experience of teaching English / Basic Skills and 13 years of developing and delivering CPD for teachers with BECTA and LSN. He is a member of the Further Education Committee of the Association for Learning Technology and a Lead Assessor of the Certified Membership of ALT scheme. He’s a member of JISC's Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Group and an Accredited Trainer for JISC Techdis. He has a particular interest in using IT for Inclusion – for learning difficulties and to engage young people not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs).

Anna Gruszczynska - Sheffield Hallam University (HE) - AG reports

Anna is currently working on the JISC/HEA funded Open Educational Resources (OER) project "Digital Futures in Teacher Education" which focuses on digital literacy in the context of teacher education, for more information, see the project blog. She is also a SCORE fellow involved in a research project which focuses on accessibility in an OER context and as part of the project has recently undertaken a survey exploring issues related to accessibility in openly available web-based teaching materials, results can now be accessed from slideshare.