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Panel Discussion: Benefits of small changes towards accessibility - Gallery view
Gerard McFall
26:21
Yes, agreed, quality access for all without unnecessary barriers in the physical and virtual world
Stuart Lawler
29:58
Great to hear such positive experiences from Michael as a blind student.
Susan Madigan
31:46
yes Kevin agree, really positive feedback on being able to watch back material in own time - even at double speed!
Mary McGovern
37:57
It would be great if there was training and practical guides for staff on creating accessible materials provided by HR
Fiona Earley
39:44
Agree Anne- Think when staff and students do return to the new post-Covid workspace, there is a chancefor a "reset" of sorts. Lot of ways in working in this period were more person centred...
Suzanne Stone
39:50
@Mary check out this excellent guide just launched this morning from Lorna and EDI Unit https://www.dcu.ie/hr/inclusive-ways-working
Lorna Greene
40:31
Hi Mary, to mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we launched out new Inclusive Ways of Working webpage today - https://www.dcu.ie/hr/inclusive-ways-working. This incudes a Inclusive Ways of Working guide that is a starter guide for small changes all DCU staff can use to improve the accessibility of their outputs. Do email me if you want to discuss further lorna.greene@dcu.ie
Susan Madigan
40:53
video lectures!
Fiona Earley
41:40
@susan agree
Susan Madigan
43:07
The captions are recorded also, doubling the accessibility
Mary McGovern
43:10
Thanks Lorna and Suzanne.
Joe Travers
44:29
Agree recorded lectures are a game changer in responding to the different ways learners process information. They also allow for greater depth in learning when flipped and questions arising can be pursued.
Mark Glynn
44:46
My problem with recording of lectures in classrooms stems from the excellent point raised by Donal - it is about quality - when we stick a camera at the back of a classroom and a microphone on the podium we restrict the lecturer to the podium and don’t capture the sound of the students in the class - both of which limit student engagement and encourage poor pedagogy
Susan Madigan
45:36
That sounds like a challenge for us to develop some creative solutions
Mark Glynn
46:23
That’s we we have invested in recording studios in DCU so lecturers can create proper professional videos for lecturers which they then can use (and make fully accessible) as part of their teaching to enhance the learning experience of students by make the lecturers my two way conversations rather than a monologue from a podium
Susan Madigan
46:45
Yes its a great resource!
Joe Travers
48:12
The recording of key points can also be done in advance which allows then for more discussion arising from the prior engagement.
Mark Glynn
48:13
Investing in a decent camera that “follows” a lecturer around a room as they move and engage with students and high quality ceiling based microphones to capture the student and lecturers voice is crucial and doing that for 120 classrooms is very very expensive
Susan Madigan
48:41
good point Joe!
Susan Madigan
50:39
That's UDL - choice
Mark Glynn
50:57
@susan and UDL is good teaching and learning at the end of the day
Susan Madigan
51:06
exactly
Mark Glynn
53:47
Key things Loran like making all official documents like the strategy - accessible documents
Mark Glynn
54:13
Sorry Lorna not Loran :)
Lorna Greene
55:15
Yes Mark! Absolutely - if key documents aren't accessible then accessibility and inclusivity will struggle to be a lived experience within our university community
Mark Glynn
55:35
@Michael the frustrating point was all of these facilities were available through Loop before Covid staff just never used them (for a variety of reasons)
Fiona Earley
55:41
Going forward- If we consider about how all communication is delivered and received. Clear, concise, structured...
Susan Madigan
56:52
Being dropped into remote working by covid was a shock but staff have responded amazingly - we have got to pilot so many different types of teaching and learning, communicating, accessibility, and we have a range of really good resources, strategies and accommodations that we can keep, that make things more accessible for everyone #UDL!
Suzanne Stone
57:30
Agree Susan, staff and students were totally removed from their comfort zone and responded amazingly.
Mark Glynn
57:44
@donal surely it is not an option - it should be mandatory due to regulations
Susan Madigan
58:50
chat very accessible!
Lorna Greene
59:02
@Fiona - yes absolutely agree! We need to spread that message
Donal Rice
59:25
@mark Hi Mark - it is mandatory. I hope I expressed that. but getting there will take time and effort
Susan Madigan
01:00:05
agree @Suzanne
Gerard McFall
01:04:02
Thanks everyone, good wide ranging discussion and insight. All very timely on this particular day. I have to leave for another meeting.
Suzanne Stone
01:04:15
Thanks for coming along Gerard
Fiona Earley
01:05:25
@Mary what is it called, didn't get it
Mary McGovern
01:05:43
It is Sensus Acess and embedded in DCU libray
Mary McGovern
01:05:55
https://www.sensusaccess.com/web3/dcu/
Mark Glynn
01:06:04
@sensus access is built into Loop from June 30th (as well as being available in the library
Mary McGovern
01:08:02
Thanks everyone that was great.
Susan Madigan
01:08:10
that's why UDL so important - many not registered with Disability Service, so need to make material as accessible to all as possible
Lorna Greene
01:09:18
New resource: https://www.dcu.ie/hr/inclusive-ways-working
Suzanne Stone
01:09:19
EDI unit resource https://www.dcu.ie/hr/inclusive-ways-working
Lorna Greene
01:09:27
EDI Twitter @EDIatDCU
Susan Madigan
01:10:08
Agree! @donal rice - Whole organisation effort!
Joe Travers
01:10:10
Thank you all. Great discussion that will lead to greater awareness.
Edel Gallagher
01:10:15
Thank you to everyone - really interesting session.
Suzanne Stone
01:10:25
Thanks to everyone for coming along.
D O'Neill
01:10:29
Thanks....great discussion
Susan Madigan
01:10:39
great panel!!!
Joanne Mulligan
01:10:41
Thanks everyone!
ian bell
01:10:43
Thanks all...a great event