ADCET Workshop 2: Accessibility Basics – Building Resources that support Universal Design for Learning
Over two 90 minute workshops Darren Britten and Justin Wylie explained and demonstrated key accessibility building blocks that support a Universal Design for Learning approach to learning resources. By creating learning resources, such as documents, with accessibility in mind, you are developing resources that can be accessed and used in multiple ways, allowing users to interact and engage with the information in ways that work for them.
Participants were provided with sample resources to work through, alongside the presenters, to develop their own accessibility practices. Available under Attachments below: ADCET Accessibility Basics Workshop 2 Document
This second workshop covered:
- Using Colour
- Clear and Concise Language
- Naming Files
- Using the in-built Accessibility Checker
- Universal Design for Learning
Audience: Disability Liaison Officers, Learning Designers/Developers, Academic Staff and anyone involved in creating learning resources for students.
Darren Britten has been involved in inclusive practice and accessible resource development in the tertiary sector for over two decades and has a passion for technology and how information is delivered and accessed. He has been active in designing and developing learning objects for online learning, providing advice and training to academic staff around digital equity, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Inclusive Resources Development (IRD) team at La Trobe University. IRD provided best practice in the provision of accessible learning resources for students with print and hearing impairments and won several awards for student support including: 'Making a Difference' award from Vision Australia, an ‘Excellence in Transition Award' from Pathways 9 and a La Trobe University Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
Justin Wylie is a learning designer for CQ University with a focus on inclusive design and accessibility. Drawing on his background as a classroom educator for 7 years and over 20 years in multimedia content design & development, Justin has found Universal Design for Learning to be a highly effective framework that can remove barriers to learning for students in the Higher Education & VET sectors. He strongly believes in the sustainable implementation of UDL to make achievable improvements for the student experience and to not overburden educators.
ADCET is hosted by the University of Tasmania