Internet resources, learning activities, online forums, dedicated website. The module includes a custom edition of the book, E-Learning and Disability in Higher Education: Accessibility Research and Practice (2nd edition) by Jane K Seale (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014). This custom edition combines key chapters from the first edition with the second edition to provide a single authoritative account of the field. This will be provided online as part of the study materials in ePub and PDF formats. You will be expected to read most of the book so you may prefer to buy your own print copy. we provide details of how to purchase the custom edition from the publisher.
As an OU student, you can use The Open University Library website. This provides access via the internet to a wide range of online resources such as databases, full-text journals, reference sources, ebooks, newspapers, images and more to support your studies. You can use these to do a literature search, keep up-to-date with your subject or read around a topic. Support for developing and improving your information searching skills is available on the Library website and the Library Learners Helpdesk is there seven days a week to provide held and advice on finding and using information.
You may also need access to a research library, either a university or large public or private library. There may be charges for borrowing rights, inter-library loans and photocopying. Details of free access schemes for borrowing and reference in academic libraries can be found on the Library website.
You will need
Some activities are based on common Microsoft and Windows software. If you use alternatives, you may have to adapt the activities yourself.
The module includes optional use of an online tutorial tool. If you wish to take part in the audio discussion, you will need a computer with audio and a headset with a built-in microphone.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop running OS X 10.8 or later operating system.
Some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. However, these devices may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your mobile device.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
If you have a disability
In this module you are expected to use a wide range of resources and to study emerging online technology. Most of these will be delivered as web pages, PDF files and web-based tools. Consequently, time spent online and using a computer will be extensive; if you use specialist software or hardware to access the internet and have any concerns about accessing the types of study materials outlined you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.
Written transcripts of any audio components and accessible Adobe Portable Format (PDF), MS Word or Rich Text Format (RTF) versions of essential external resources are available. Some students will find the amount of reading from technically different sources challenging. In many cases there will be sufficient alternative activities and material to complete assignments successfully. Where this is not the case, you will be given individual support by your tutor, in collaboration with other OU staff. Support for access to Library resources is available from the Library Helpdesk.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students