eLearning Community Event: Accessible tools and inclusive approaches

eLearning Community Event: Accessible tools and inclusive approaches

You are welcome to attend for all or part of the event. Please note that this event will be recorded. You can also join the event via live streaming on YOUTUBE.

10.00-10.40  Hands-on; a review of cutaneous haptics in applied discipline study

Lisa Bowers, (Engineering and Innovation, STEM Faculty)

Multimedia, utilised to enhance students interaction with virtual environments is well-known and understood in education. Haptics are not as well-known to the public or used as widely by students or academics.  The term haptics is derived from the Greek phrase  meaning ‘to come in contact with’, the term is currently used by Computer Scientists to relate to mechanical machine-led touch interactions. Although in recent times haptics are better known to enhance game play or increase tactility in mobile phones, there is an undercurrent of trend using haptics for more formal learning instances to increase students immersion in studying ‘hands-on’ based disciplines e.g. design, applied science, applied maths, engineering.

This presentation will define the term haptics from an historical and modern perspective and offer how haptics has been shown to enhance students immersions and perceptions for applied study.

10.40-11.20   Sonifications: experiences in applying them in an OU context

Karen Vines, (Mathematics and Statistics, STEM Faculty)

Sonification is the depiction of information using non-speech audio thus providing a means of listening to data, literally. As such sonifications have the potential to enhance module materials, and more importantly improve accessibility by providing non-visual representations of plots. In this talk I will discuss a couple of eSTEeM projects which explored this potential in the OU context.

11.20-11.40   Coffee/tea break

11.40-12.15 Inclusive teaching and learning in STEM: Addressing the barriers impeding students with disabilities

Trevor Collins, (Knowledge Media Institute), Chetz Colwell (Senior LTD Manager (Accessibility) WELS/LTIA) and Victoria Pearson (Physical Sciences, STEM)

This session will share practical approaches for embedding and sustaining inclusive teaching and learning to lower the barriers impeding students with disabilities. We will draw on reflections and findings from the Inclusive STEM Practices project, funded by the Office for Students, to evidence and promote inclusive teaching and learning approaches within STEM. This work underlines the importance of a holistic institutional approach to inclusion, which values the role of networks within and across HE institutions that provide active sources of expertise on distinct aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Wednesday 23 January 2019. 10.00-12.15. Ambient Lab, Jennie Lee Building 

A Partial History of Educational Technology at the Open University

This week’s CALRG is a presentation by Dr Doug Clow, Institute of Educational Technology. He is going to give us a very timely but necessarily partial (and at least a little bit personal) history of educational technologies in the OU.

 A Partial History of Educational Technology at the Open University

“In this talk, I’ll give a very partial history of educational technology at the Open University, since its founding in 1969 to the present day. It’ll be partial in multiple senses. A full history would take far longer than a single session. If I gave a comprehensively synoptic account, it’d be too broad-brush to be interesting. So I’ll be selecting elements to focus on, and I’ll be unashamedly partial in picking the ones that appeal particularly to me. We’ve always been pioneers in using technology to help our students learn. What that means has changed profoundly in some ways, and is much the same in others. As Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Come along to hear the digital equivalent of “I remember when all this was fields”!.”

11.00 – Thursday 17 January

Ash, First Floor, Jennie Lee Building

openTEL Assessment and Feedback SIG Meeting: Good academic practice and identifying plagiarism cases

openTEL is pleased to announce that next week’s Assessment and Feedback Special Interest Group will explore the insights into plagiarism gleaned from ten years of data collection.

Good academic practice and identifying plagiarism cases

Peter Taylor

Abstract: The Open University implemented its present plagiarism policy about ten years ago. Since then we have gathered a great deal of data on annual average numbers, types of cases and student characteristics.

In this presentation we will review the existing process for detecting plagiarism and analyse some of the data collected over the last ten years. In particular we will highlight some of the characteristic factors that may lead to an increased likelihood of students plagiarising. However, we will also discuss the complexities of the significance of the data and the issues of trying to assign a cause.

Monday 14th January 2019, 14:30 – 15:30. Meeting Room 1, Jennie Lee