Newland, B. and Boyd, V., 2004. ALERT - accessible learning through VLEs. In: ALT-C 2004: Blue skies and pragmatism - learning technologies for the next decade, 14-16 Sept 2004, Devon. (Unpublished)
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ALERT (Accessibility in Learning Environments and Related Technologies) is a HEFCE-funded project being run between the University of Durham and Bournemouth University examining use of virtual learning environments (VLEs) by disabled students. The project is running over a two year period with most data collection taking place over this academic year. Rather than focus on the technological implications of the VLE usage by disabled students, ALERT aims to identify methods of support for the attainment of pedagogical objectives. In order to do this, the study evaluates the use of various 'e-tivities' (Salmon, 2002), for example, online discussion, virtual chat or role play, as an integral component of an online module. About 12 case studies are being conducted across various departments and throughout all year groups where the impact of the VLE on individual and collaborative learning is being assessed through a series of student interviews. In addition, the participation of members of academic staff in providing information based on their own experience will investigate how institution-wide support can be improved. The outcomes give examples and provide guidelines and points for reflection and discussion, and are being designed for use by academics and academic support staff such as learning technologists and disability support staff. A database driven web-site, a paper booklet and a CD-ROM are being produced from the outcomes. This session will initially focus on presenting interim results from the case studies. Delegates will then be invited to discuss the emerging themes identified and the implications for learning technologists, academics and institutional strategies to support the development of adaptive and inclusive practice.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Accessibility, virtual learning environment (VLE), disabled student, pedagogy, higher education|
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Education|
|Group:||Student and Academic Services > Centre for Academic Practice|
|Deposited By:||Ms MJ Bowden|
|Deposited On:||03 Jan 2008|
|Last Modified:||07 Mar 2013 14:40|
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