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  • Video

    Webinar: New and under-used strategies for accessible graphics in higher education

    This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in March, 2017. The presenter was Leona Holloway. 

    As part of a two year project, Leona Holloway and her project team worked closely with vision impaired students in higher education, disability advisors, academics and accessible formats producers. They found evidence that vision impaired students are missing out on important information conveyed in graphics and that this is affecting their education experience and their choice of study and career paths. Through a series of pilot studies, they explored a wide range of strategies to improve this situation, with a strong focus on practical implementation. In this webinar, they will draw from their findings to offer insight on:

    • identifying which graphics need to be made accessible
    • new technologies that students can use to gain independent access to graphics
    • choosing the most suitable techniques and technologies to make graphics accessible
    • resources to help implement solutions
    Download: Transcript
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    Podcast: UNSW Social Policy Debate - Disability and Creativity

    Speakers from various disciplines debated the question: 'If we focus on disability as difference rather than commonality, can it be creative?'  Moderator: Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, AHRC Speakers: Jax Jacki Brown, Disability and LGBTI activist; Professor Susan Dodds, UNSW; Rosemary Kayess, UNSW; Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, University of Sydney.

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    Webinar: SensusAccess - A new approach to support students and faculty who need alternate formats

    This webinar was hosted by ADCET and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) in February, 2017. The presenters, Tanja Stevns  and LarsBallieu Christensen discussed the rationale behind the service, its users and the technologies within. A live demonstration illustrated how both accessible and inaccessible documents can be converted by the service. Also, examples of how academic institutions have implemented SensusAccess were shown.

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    National Catalogue for Copyright Works in Alternate Formats

    The Copyright Agency Master Copy Catalogue is an online catalogue of copyright works in alternate formats for people with print disabilities.  The catalogue enables you to easily upload and search for copyright works in alternate formats such as Braille, large print, digital and audio.

  • Article

    Pathways 13: Transcripts

    Keynote addresses were transcribed by AI Media.

    Download: Day 3
    Download: Day 2
    Download: Day 1
  • Video

    Pathways13 - Facebook live videos

    During the 2016 Pathways conference, Martin Kelly interviewed a number of exhibitors and presenters live via FaceBook.  

  • Article

    The wicked problem of university student mental health

    The wicked problem of university student mental health is a report by Benjamin Veness that pertains to the Monash University Churchill Fellowship to explore innovative prevention and early intervention strategies to improve the mental health of university students.  The study included travel principally to the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom, with brief visits also to China and Singapore. Its scope included visiting both universities and external mental health agencies with an interest in, or expertise relevant to, university students’ mental health.

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    Research: How useful are closed captions for learning?

    This Australian research study explores how closed captions impact student learning in mathematics. (Chris Tisdell University of New South Wales and Birgit Loch. Swinburne University of Technology)

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    Issues and Trends for Students with Disability. Review of NCSEHE Funded Research

    This review focuses on presenting the key findings, recommendations and future directions for further research for the equity group of students with disability (November 2016)

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    Access to Graphics in Higher Education

    “Improving vision impaired student’s access to graphics in higher education”  investigates the level and type of access that vision impaired students gain to graphic components of their study materials in higher education in Australia, to uncover any barriers to access and inclusion, and to offer strategies and resources to enable improved access to graphics for blind and vision impaired students. The project consisted of three major stages:

    • Data-gathering: What access do vision impaired students currently have to graphics in higher education? What are the barriers to access? The questions were explored through a national online survey of 72 vision impaired students in higher education, along with 41 semi-structured interviews with students, their disability advisors, academics and accessible formats producers.
    • Pilot studies: Working closely with vision impaired students and associated staff to trial processes and technologies over three semesters in 2015 and 2016.
    • Synthesis: All study participants were invited to a full day workshop at which they developed and refined a set of model principles for improving vision impaired students’ access to graphics in higher education.

    The results of stages 1 and 2 are reported in “Understanding the graphical challenges faced by vision-impaired students in Australian universities”, Higher Education Research & Development, May 2016.