BRITE webinars and articles: guide for guest contributors

At BRITE we are passionate about sharing innovative ideas and experiences which relate to inclusive practice in education. We welcome contributions from practitioners who would like to engage with our community of professionals. We offer two ways to do this:

  • deliver a guest presentation in our popular free webinar series, and/or
  • write an article on a relevant topic for The BRITE Blog

Benefits

Reach a wider audience. BRITE webinars and blog articles are publicised online and in the BRITE eNews which currently has over 600 subscribers. This number includes college staff development officers; teaching, lecturing and support staff in colleges and universities; and a range of professionals in the public and voluntary sector.

Experiment with web-based presentations – with full support from experienced facilitators. We take care of all the technical aspects of webinars, from uploading your slides and video clips, to managing incoming questions from attendees. If you’d rather not deliver a live webinar, we can record you in advance. We’ll facilitate the webinar remotely, or you can visit our office if you’d prefer.

Access a recording of your online presentation anytime, anywhere. All BRITE webinars are added to a public archive, to which you can direct anyone interested in your work. Many people choose to view previously recorded webinars ‘on demand’ at a time that suits them.

Next steps

Webinars are usually 30 minutes long. Access our webinar archive to get a feel for the medium and the kind of topics covered.

Blog articles should be around 500 words and be accompanied by at least one photograph or image (jpg please). Word documents or html are preferred.

Send us a brief outline of your subject, so that we can ensure it fits with our webinar programme and/or blog content. Then we’ll work with you to identify a date for broadcast or publication.

We’ll meet you online in advance to give you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the webinar environment (the industry-leading eLearning platform, Adobe Connect) and to get some top tips from one of our experienced facilitators.

Please submit initial enquiries to the Resources and Communications Co-ordinator at kmote@brite.ac.uk.

We’re currently planning the webinar programme for 2014, so if you are interested in guesting, please contact us as soon as possible. Blog articles may be submitted anytime throughout the year.

ICT and Inclusion Presentations

Fil McIntyre presentingFor the third year running, BRITE partnered with CALL Scotland to deliver ICT and Inclusion: Two days of seminars and exhibition targeted at people working to include learners with additional support needs.  Niall Hardie and Fil McIntyre from BRITE were both presenting semimars on technology which may assist learners. With twenty exhibitors and twenty eight seminars, the days were pretty full and some people were unable to get to hear Niall and Fil.  A summary of Fil’s seminars is below, with Niall’s to follow shortly.

Tablets and Accessibility: iPad vs. Android vs. Windows

This session featured a brief run through of the accessibility options on the three main tablet operating systems.  iOS (on the iPad) came out strongest by far with a wide range of visual and cognitive support options (and more to come in iOS7), but this is not to dismiss Android and Windows.  Fil was keen to point out that users’ accessibility may be down to the size or format of the tablet.  In this case Android offers a much wider choice due to the amount of manufacturers providing Android tablets.

For Windows 8 tablets the accessibility options are very similar to a desktop PC, but (for example) provide a much wider range of high contrast display settings when compared to iOS’s normal or negative option.  Also the fact that a Windows 8 tablet can run full versions of Windows software may open it up as a possibility for users who cannot find an app equivalent to their access software.

BRITE can provide half-day seminars on the subject of tablet useage.  Two examples are “Tablet Tools” and “Bring Your Own Accessibility”.

Getting Captions Onto Your Video the Easy Way

Captioned videos can assist not only deaf students, but also those for whom English is a second language.  It is generally time consuming and expensive to get the captions onto videos. In this session Fil showed how to easily synchronise a transcript to your video by uploading both the transcript and the video to Youtube.  Youtube’s voice recognition will ensure the correct text is shown at the time it is spoken.

For further practical details on how to do this see this earlier post on the BRITE blog.

…and the first Investors in Inclusiveness CharterMark goes to…

iii award presentation mhairi and alisonIf you were one of the 100+ professionals who joined us at the state-of-the-art facilities of Coatbridge College Conference Centre for the first Investors in Inclusiveness conference on the 31st of May, you’ll already know which college has the chunky, laser-engraved crystal award on its mantelpiece. You’ll also know what a lively programme everyone participated in. It was inspiring to see so many delegates from such diverse backgrounds come together for the day to focus on inclusiveness in practice.

In addition to the presentation of the first Investors in Inclusiveness CharterMark to Forth Valley College, delegates enjoyed a variety of themed workshops, an engaging keynote from Karen Corbett HMIE, and an update on the review of Disabled Students Allowance from Neil MacLennan of the Scottish Government.

Looking to learn more about what it means to be the first recipient of the Investors in Inclusiveness award? Watch the video and read FVC’s response. To speak to BRITE directly about participating in Investors in Inclusiveness, or to request a mini brochure, email enquiries@brite.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1383 749605.

® Investors in Inclusiveness is a registered trade mark of The BRITE Initiative

Investors in Inclusiveness conference – Friday 31st May 2013

This free event brings together practitioners and policy shapers throughout Scotland (and beyond) to:

  • Hear from leading educators and innovators in the field of Inclusion
  • Learn more about the new CharterMark Investors in Inclusiveness® (IiI)
  • Participate in two themed workshops (from a choice of 8) which explore the IiI quality standards
  • Receive up-to-the-minute news on the Scottish Government’s current review of Student Support funding (including DSA)

Delegates will be able to engage with policy makers, practitioners and fellow professionals in a series of keynotes, presentations, question and answer sessions, case studies and workshops.

Refreshments and lunch will be served during breaks throughout the day, giving opportunities to network with peers, speakers and workshop facilitators – and to enjoy the state-of-the-art facilities at the Coatbridge College Conference Centre, where this event is being held.

Click here to register

® Investors in Inclusiveness is a registered trade mark of The BRITE Initiative

Are you an investor in inclusiveness?

Looking for a way to…

  • Achieve an identifiable quality standard which meets staff and learners’ needs?
  • Provide assurance to other bodies that your organisation’s stakeholders are receiving the best service?
  • Reassure prospective learners and other stakeholders that inclusiveness is embedded in practice, and is not merely an ambitious statement of intent?

IiI logo mediumInvestors in Inclusiveness® provides step-by-step guidance on how to evaluate and improve service delivery. This charter mark, developed by BRITE, enables organisations to take a structured and planned approach to embedding inclusiveness at the centre of what they do and provides a straightforward, robust framework in which to do so.

Available to the FE/HE sectors, Investors in Inclusiveness focuses specifically on the achievement of inclusiveness across whole organisations – and within all policies and practices.  BRITE will support each organisation to effectively implement inclusive practices, to evaluate these and to highlight good practice.

Investors in Inclusiveness is being piloted NOW! We expect to officially launch the charter mark in May 2013. Note your interest in participating, or request more detailed information from enquiries@brite.ac.uk

® Investors in Inclusiveness is a registered trade mark of The BRITE Initiative

Seen at BETT – Software

Before I start with interesting software I saw at BETT there is one development I didn’t mention in the hardware post:

Livescribe Sound Stickerssound stickers

Livescribe Smartpens are a great note taking tool; recording audio and linking it to your written notes.  There are some strange and confusing add-ons for the pen (see the Geometric Ruler App instructions for instance) so I was a little skeptical when I saw the Livescribe Sound Stickers.  These sticky dots are recognised by the Livescribe pen in the same way as the paper in the Livescribe notebooks.  You tap a sound sticker with the pen and then record a message.  The next time you tap that dot, the message is played back.

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ICT and Inclusion 2011

In June, CALL Scotland, BRITE and JISC RSC Scotland North and East worked together to offer two days of free exhibitions and demonstrations of technology for students with additional support needs.

Attendees, including many colleagues from the further education sector, enjoyed the opportunity to see a large range of resources all in one place. There was also a chance to meet suppliers, ask questions and gain more in-depth information where required.

In addition to a timetable of supplier sessions focusing on key products, members of the BRITE team joined CALL, JISC and local practitioners to deliver presentations looking at ways in which technology may be used to create more inclusive learning environments.

Sessions were very well-attended, in some instances there was standing room only! Read on for summaries of the BRITE workshops, including useful links.

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Print Disability Copyright Licence

Image of random textIt used to be that in copyright terms you were on shaky ground if adapting text for individuals who were not Visually Impaired, but who may struggle with print.  Earlier this year the Copyright Licensing Agency announced a new Print Disability Licence.  This will ensure that educational institutions are covered when adapting text to alternative formats whether print or digital.

The licence describes a print-disabled person as “…anyone for whom a visual, cognitive or physical disability hinders the ability to read print. This includes all visual impairments, dyslexia, and any physical disabilities that prevent the handling of a physical copy of a print publication.”

If adapting resources for students or staff within your college you are covered by an extension to the standard CLA licence.  You would only need to apply for the full PDL if you circulate adapted resources outwith your organisation.  The full guidelines can be found on the CLA website.

New BRITE Seminar programme

 

Seminars graphicThe BRITE seminars for 2010/11 are now available for booking.

The next two upcoming seminars are:

 

Living Life to the Full on November 12th. This seminar is designed to help you develop strategies for supporting students with real life issues such as low self-esteem; anxiety; peer pressure; lifestyle choices; fear of exams etc.

Visual Impairment: Orientation, independent mobility and navigation techniques on November 22nd which explores a range of high-tech and low-tech strategies for assisting people with sight loss to get around your campus with confidence.

For full details see the Seminar page on the BRITE website
You can book online or or ring 0131 535 4756

If you are employed in a Scottish FE College, the seminars are available to you free of charge.

Other seminars for 2010/11 are:
Needs Assessors’ Assistive Technology Update Seminar
Computer Access for Students with Profound and Complex Needs
Teaching and Learning in a Creative Classroom
Technology to Assist Deaf and Hearing Impaired Students
Specific Literacy Difficulties – Effective Screening and Evidence

Study Day on the Use of Eye Gaze for Communication

Individual using eye-gaze technologyA Study Day to be held on Tuesday 9th November 2010 will explore issues surrounding eye gaze within both low tech and high tech communication systems and will help to raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of such systems.

Eye Gaze or Eye Pointing has long been used to enable individuals with little movement to communicate.  In the last few years there has been a massive growth in the availability of high tech systems which allow users to control a computer or communication aid using only their eyes.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Mick Donegan from the University of East London and previously coordinator of the User Requirements element of the COGAIN project, which led research into the use of eye gaze technology by people with disabilities
  • Janet Scott, SCTCI, will present a number of short case studies providing a glimpse of some of the people who have worked with SCTCI to use eye gaze as their means of access to communication.
  • Claire Latham, formerly from the ACE Centre in Oxford will describe their Look2Talk project on learning to communicate by eye pointing to low tech systems.

The day is being run by Augmentative Communication In Practice: Scotland.  Full details of the day and how to register can be found on their site www.acipscotland.org.uk