“The times they are a changing….” As the higher education sector continues to transform into the online and offline spaces of students’ lives, the tools and skills required by students to access and participate in education are changing too. In this webinar Darren Britten and Martin Kelly looked at the changing teaching and learning landscape for students with disability and explored some of the readily available tools and technologies that can assist them in actively engaging with their studies.
Darren Britten has been involved in e-learning and accessible resource development for the past two decades. He has been active in designing and developing learning objects for online delivery and is passionate about the ‘internet of things’ being accessible to everyone. He has been instrumental in developing the Inclusive Resources Development (IRD) team at La Trobe University that provides accessible resources support for students with print and hearing impairments. The IRD team has 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.
Martin Kelly is an Inclusive Technology Consultant with over 20 years’ experience within the disability and education sector. He has worked as an Inclusive Technology Advisor at RMIT Disability Liaison Unit as well as a primary school teacher, integration coordinator and TAFE teacher in disability support work. He has degrees in education, psychology and software development. His fascination for technology is combined with a person centered approach where understanding the individual needs of each student, their goals and the context of their learning environment becomes the basis for assistive technology support