Over the last few months the ECS Accessibility team (University of Southampton) have started the process of republishing a range of learning materials on digital accessibility and assistive technology through SlideWiki. One of the SlideWiki goals is ensuring that everyone, including those with disabilities, can access digital resources and websites. However, there are only a few courses and guides to help authors ensure learning materials and technologies meet accessibility requirements. As an open educational platform, SlideWiki provides a gateway for creating and sharing accessibility practice as well as providing an accessible learning environment.
We have been using SlideWiki to teach digital accessibility within our university and have now started to republish open educational content originally created for MOOCs and presentations in order to use the SlideWiki platform in different situations.
An Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments MOOC has been turned into a short free course using a Learning Management System that is hosted on the LexDis WordPress site. When piloting the course, we received requests to summarise the content in each section into key points and SlideWiki provided a simple means to do this as we can embed the presentations within the WordPress pages. We are really excited that we can start to use Slidewiki decks not only as accessible learning resources, but also as ways of spreading knowledge about inclusion across university faculties.
We have also been using SlideWiki to support open source developers creating new assistive technologies for developing countries. During a recent UNICEF AAC Cohort meeting SlideWiki was used for presentations about communication symbols and Open Source app development. We also embedded the deck within a project blog and will be reusing the symbol decks whilst delivering training at the University of Riphah in Pakistan in March.
We will be continuing to add more decks to SlideWiki and are looking forward to talking about how we have been repurposing our learning materials using SlideWiki at OER 18 in April.