Accessibility in the BBC – open & Inclusive SIG

Accessibility in the BBC, The open & Inclusive Special Interest Group
Wednesday 15th September 2021 (10:00 – 12:00)

Thank you to those who joined us for openTEL and SeGA’s open & Inclusive Special Interest Group meeting where we were joined by Jamie + Lion and Paul Bepey from the BBC, and Mathijs Lucassen from The Open University. The session was hosted by Kate Lister and Paco Iniesto.

Thank you, Kate!
Kicking off the meeting, Eileen Scanlon thanked Kate Lister for all her exceptional work within the Special Interest Group as this was Kate’s last meeting as co-host and SIG lead. Kate has been essential in growing the open & Inclusive SIG and providing interesting themes and excellent speakers. We hope she will stay in touch and attend future meetings when she can and openTEL looks forward to working with Kate in the future!

Mathijs Lucassen gave a presentation from The Open University side: Getting BBC content into OU modules

Jamie + Lion gave a presentation on accessibility at the BBC relating to Audience Facing Digital Products and Paul Bepey gave a talk on accessibility relating to the Internal Facing side.

Jamie + Lion finished the meeting by presenting Charlie Turrell’s slides, who was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting, on the Champions Network.
More information here:
GDS/BBC Webinar: Accessibility Culture eats WCAG compliance for breakfast

Recording, Links and Slides
The Recording is available for OU Staff here: OU Staff Recording Link  

Slides: Getting BBC content into OU modules, Mathijs Lucassen.
Slides: Accessibility @ BBC, Audience Facing Digital Products Jamie + Lion
Slides: uploads to follow
GDS/BBC Webinar: Accessibility Culture eats WCAG compliance for breakfast

Podcast: Check out Jamie’s 1800 Seconds on Autism podcast.

To join the open & Inclusive mailing list please email openTEL

Recordings & Slides: Show & TEL Presentations November 2020

Ethics Seminar

Show & TEL recordings are available to OU staff in the link below:
Ethics Seminar, TEL Presentations AM, TEL Presentations PM
(select previous recordings)

Presentation slides are also linked below. We hope you will join us on Tuesday 17th for our final Show & TEL event in November. More info here: Keynote Presentation

Presentation Links and Slides

Morning Session

Tony Hirst  (AM Presentation 1, 10th November 2020)
Introducing RoboLab: an integrated robot simulator and Jupyter notebook environment for teaching and learning basic robot programming
Annotated slides:

Elizabeth FitzGerald and Hugh McFaul (Presentation 2, 10th November 2020)
Impact of the OpenLearn Create course Support Through Court Domestic Abuse

Nashwa Ismail and Maria Aristeidou (Presentation 3, 10th November 2020)
Motivations, challenges and recommendations of teachers who have engaged their classroom in citizen science

David Conway, Janet Hughes and Christine Gardner (Presentation 4, 10th November 2020)
Are virtual insight visits an effective way of engaging learners

Afternoon Session

Tony Hirst (PM Presentation 1, November 2020)
Using Docker to deliver virtual computing environments (VCEs) to distance education students
Docker VCEs:

Lesley Boyd (PM Presentation 2, November 2020)
[[ to follow: Collaborative problem-solving: using learning networks to drive module improvements in STEM ]]

Maria Aristeidou and Simon Cross (PM Presentation 3, November 2020)
The impact of Covid-19 on the studies of OU students

Andrew Law (PM Presentation 4, November 2020)
Business Innovation Hub Introduction

Recording and Slides: Assessment & Feedback SIG September 2020

If you missed our last Assessment & Feedback Special Interest Group meeting, you can find the recording and the PowerPoint slides below.

Presentation 1: Simon  Cross

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Presentation 2: Chris Edwards

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Presentation 3: Christothea Herodotou

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To join the Assessment & Feedback SIG mailing list please get in touch.

Presentations on Wellbeing – Recording and Slides

51 people attended the open and inclusive special interest group on Monday 14th September which saw three presentations from Elena Riva, Theo Gilbert and Kate Lister.


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Presentation 2:Theo Gilbert

Presentation 3: Kate Lister[embeddoc url=”” download=”all” viewer=”microsoft”]

Click here for full abstracts and biographies.