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Accessibility Statement for Interaction design and the user experience (TM356)

Mode of study

Most of this module’s study materials are online. Online materials are composed of pages of text with images, diagrams, and audio/video clips 5–10 minutes long (all with transcripts/subtitles). Online materials also include links to external resources, online forums and online tutorial rooms. One printed course book is provided, which can be provided as a PDF on request.

Tuition strategy

This module provides online tutorials, face-to-face tutorials and workshops. Each face-to-face tutorial/workshop offers an online alternative. Although optional, attendance at tutorials will help you consolidate your learning.

Working with others

You will be encouraged to work with other students. This includes looking at, and commenting on, others’ work; reflecting on others’ comments on your work; and/or working together with fellow learners on a project/task.

Practical work

Online or face-to-face practical work is an optional component. This includes some collaborative group work. Some individual practical work forms a required component of assessment. This module introduces you to the use of an online studio. Advice on accessing the studio has been prepared to enable students with visual impairments or limited manual dexterity to successfully study the module.

Residential school

This module contains an embedded optional day school for which there is an Alternative Learning Activity.

Diagrams and other visual content

The study materials contain a number of diagrams and photographs throughout. Reading and interpreting examples of these is an important part of the study of this module and is assessed. Figure descriptions are provided for all figures.

Finding information

You may be required to search for, and make use of, third-party material online and this is assessed. For example, you may be asked to look at and navigate websites of companies or public institutions. If needed, alternatives for required/assessed research material can be provided to enable you to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module.

Specialist reading material

In this module, you will be working with specialist reading material pertaining to interaction design principles, methods, etc. These are delivered online and in printed form (and, if required, as PDFs).

Assessment

This module has Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs), which must be submitted online via the OU electronic TMA system, and an exam that must be taken at an exam centre.

Feedback

You will receive feedback from your tutor on your submitted Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs). This will help you to reflect on your TMA performance. You should refer to it to help you prepare for your next assignment.

Schedule

All University modules are structured according to a set timetable and you will need time-management skills to keep your studies on track. You will be supported in developing these skills.

Specialist software

This module encourages you to install and use specialist software, such as PowerPoint and Balsamiq, to help you develop prototypes. These might not be covered by standard accessibility tools and might not be fully accessible as a result. Their use is not compulsory, as you will be able to develop prototypes using alternative tools that you find accessible.

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