The Digital Accessibility Conference: Sessions Review Part 1

On the 29th of June 2023, Learning Technology hosted a Digital Accessibility Conference at the University of Nottingham. In this series of blog posts, we are reflecting on the conference and sharing reviews written by members of the team who chaired panels during the 2023 conference. In this post, Dave Corbett reflects on the lightening …

The Digital Accessibility Conference: An Overview

On the 29th of June 2023, Learning Technology hosted a Digital Accessibility Conference at the University of Nottingham. It was in person and free thanks to libraries and the Teaching and Learning Committee, who supported the conference financially and were key backers in putting the event on. Throughout the rest of this week, we will …

How do we implement Digital Accessibility?

One of our keynote speakers at the Digital Accessibility conference on 29th June is Alistair McNaught. Alistair has been supporting HE and FE (and other) organisations on improving accessibility for many years. He was a keynote speaker at the University’s Teaching and Learning Conference in 2022 where he spoke about the habits of highly accessible …

Accessibility Conference at the University of Nottingham

This week we asked Dr Christopher Ward, Digital Accessibility Consultant at the University of Nottingham, to provide an overview of the upcoming accessibility conference. Learning Technology at the University of Nottingham has organised a conference centred around the broad topic of digital accessibility, which will take place on Thursday, June 29th, 2023. This conference aims …

Three achievable ways to make your teaching more inclusive

When developing learning in higher education institutions, we always try to make it relevant and effective, to ensure that all students have equal access to the learning. Inclusive teaching practices are crucial for making sure that every student feels valued and supported in their educational journey. In this blog post, we will discuss three ways …

Moodle is Upgrading in the Summer of 2023: Moodle 4.1 is coming!

This summer Moodle will upgrade to version 4.1. This new version of Moodle brings with it lots of changes to the layout of Dashboard and My modules pages when you first login, and to your module site pages. The biggest changes in this upgrade relate to the look and feel of Moodle, such as the …

National Accessibility Conference: Call for Expressions of Interest

The University of Nottingham is planning on hosting a conference in the summer on the broad theme of digital accessibility. We’d like to create an opportunity for those of us involved in this area to come together to share experiences. We are working through our own digital accessibility programme at the moment, and we know …

Take a NAP 8: Accessibility checkers

The final core habit of the eight we’re calling Nottingham Accessibility Practices — the NAPs – covers accessibility checkers. These can be an important tool in identifying issues or catching errors in your documents. Much like spell-checkers, accessibility checkers can be found in most text editors and are easy to use. Within Microsoft Office you …

Take a NAP 7: Formats and assistive technologies

The Nottingham Accessibility Practices – the NAPs – are eight core habits that will help make your teaching materials and publications more accessible.  In this seventh post in our series on the NAPs we’re looking at how materials can be formatted to be used with assistive technology tools. Those who will benefit most from accessibility …

Take a NAP 6: Colour

Colour is one of the most important features to be aware of when creating accessible content. In this post, part of our series on the eight Nottingham Accessibility Practices – the NAPs – we’ll look at why colour can be an issue and how to design to overcome that. To make your content easy for …