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Barrier Free - Inclusive and Accessible for All

Speaker
Mark Bailye

Blackboard

Abstract
Many institutions are exploring ways to develop learning experiences that are as inclusive and accessible for all learners. As learner diversity continues to grow, so does the need for institutions

to ensure that the needs of all learners are considered and appropriately addressed in the learning, teaching and assessment strategies they develop.

In a recent study, one in five students is using assistive or adaptive technologies, o en by choice rather than necessity. This demonstrates even more why the learning experience provided must be barrier-free for all learners. Institutions should recognise the value of ‘inclusive for all’ and investigate how digital technologies can support inclusion in learning and assessment.

So, what does an equable learning experience look like?

In this session, we will explore what a barrier-free learning experience looks like, with a particular focus on best practices institutions are adopting and how Universities can improve their own provision through the effective use of technology. The more accessible it is, the more inclusive and personalised the learning experience becomes. When digital learning is well designed – the closer the parity and quality of learning experience becomes for all learners.