September 30th, 2015

Using Digital Technology for Accessibility and Inclusion

Sharing Effective Practice in Digital Learning

Digital Learning Community of Practice

About the Event #DigiLearnForum :

Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) hosts a digital learning community of practice for the sharing of effective practice between Colleges, FE, HE, Schools, Employers and other interested parties. The events are free to attend. Attendees are welcome from all locations.

The group meets on the last Friday of every calendar month (with the exception of October – due to half term the date will be Thursday 22nd October 2015). Here is the padlet wall for the Digital Learning Community of Practice 22nd October 2015.

Each month will focus on a specific theme and the forum will adopt different formats each month, from hands-on workshops, to share and tell sessions, presentations, round table exercises and action planning.

The next Digital Learning Community of Practice will take place on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 8.30am – 12.30pm. The theme for October is “Using Digital Technology to meet the requirements of learners with special educational needs”.

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Working in Partnership with:

Microsoft for Education

Outline Programme:

Using Digital technology to support accessibility and inclusion

***Please remember to bring your laptop / tablet to the event for the workshop activities.***

8.15: Arrival, registration and refreshments

8.30: Welcome and Introduction with Katharine Jewitt, Digital Learning Fellow at PROCAT

Digital Learning Community of Practice

About Katharine Jewitt:
Katharine is the Digital Learning Fellow at PROCAT & works as a Management & Education Consultant.She is a University Lecturer in The Department of Engineering, Technology & Design & The Centre for Inclusion & Collaborative Partnerships.Katharine is Chair of ELESIG, an international e-learning special interest group & a University of Glasgow PhD Student, researching 3D Technology.

8.45: Jisc update with Account Managers Malcolm Bodley and Jane Mackenzie
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About Malcolm Bodley:
Malcolm joined Jisc in 2007 and prior to this was an e-learning manager at a medium sized college where he also ran staff development training, A & V unit training, teacher education training, 14 – 16 programmes, Aim Higher and taught motor vehicle technology.

Malcolm’s interest in technology has been an important driver in his approach to teaching and learning, seeking innovation and sharing of good practice to improve the quality of teaching.

Malcolm works in the areas from Lincolnshire down to the Isle of Wight and from Oxford in the west to Norfolk and Suffolk in the East. Malcolm supports providers with the use of technology in teaching, learning and assessment and helping them to recognise the benefits of using technology by offering support from subject specialists.

About Jane Mackenzie:
Jane is an Account Manager at Jisc offering customers innovative and trusted solutions to their challenges, helping them to harness the power of digital technology.

Jane strives for a deep and sustained understanding of customers’ needs, which drives the delivery of a cohesive customer experience and informs Jisc’s priorities both strategic and operational.With both Bachelors and Masters degrees in education, Jane has worked in the education sector for the past 22 years, across higher education (HE), further education (FE), work-based learning, adult community
learning, as well as specialist educational settings.

This work includes the last three years for Jisc Regional Support Centre south east. Having started her teaching career in FE, Jane held positions of course leader and senior lecturer on vocational courses, both in mainstream and specialist provision.

Jane’s passion for supporting those with disabilities led to her role as manager of a learning support unit within a secure hospital for adults with learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. Her last post before joining Jisc was the quality and communications manager for a work-based learning provider where she played a key role in developing the strategy to embed e-learning into all courses, updating the website and introducing the use of social media.

9:00:Paul Warren shares some of the wider issues of supporting students with learning difficulties and provides a host of hints and tips and simple solutions in using digital tools to support accessibility and inclusion.

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About Paul Warren:
Paul has worked in Further Education as a learning support assistant since 2004. He has a passion for teaching and learning, with a particular interest in using a digital learning approach to promote inclusive learning. Paul has Cerebral Palsy and Aspergers and is keen to showcase a range of tools and techniques that he has used to help himself – and which have been used successfully with many of the learners he has supported.

9:30:Technology to support learners workshop with Jisc Accessibility and Inclusion team.

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Hands On Workshop with Lisa Featherstone from Jisc

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About Lisa Featherstone:
Lisa’s role within Jisc is to provide advice and guidance on the use of technology to support an inclusive culture. Technology can enable collaboration, sharing and creativity and supporting all aspects of an organisation is essential to develop a comprehensive ethos of inclusion. Access, accessibility and inclusive practice can maximise the ability of diverse users to interact and develop independence for learning, work and leisure.

Lisa’s main focus is working with providers for learners with learning difficulty or disability at every level, from strategy to hands on practice.

About the workshop:
Technology can provide a vehicle for independent learning and achievement. In this workshop we will look at the barriers that some learners face and ways to overcome them using technology.

It will cover the built-in features of, Windows, Microsoft Word and mobile devices that allow users to access their curriculum in a range of ways.

Free assistive technology can facilitate independent access to content that in turn helps students to be more autonomous.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to free software tools to enhance teaching and learning.

10:30: Refreshment Break and an opportunity to network

After the break, the workshop continues hosted by Lisa Featherstone of Jisc.

12:30: The event closes. No lunch but we can move to the College Canteen for more chat and networking

Showcase your work at a future event

If you would like to showcase what you have been doing at your organisation (slots can be as short as 5 minutes) or if you would like to present or run a workshop, please email


What is the Social Networking Hashtag for the Digital Learning Community of Practice?

Please use the hashtag #DigiLearnForum
You can also post on the #DigiLearnForum padlet wall here

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The event is held at our Basildon campus. Please visit this link for transport options and directions:

There are limited parking spaces available on-campus or park on the surrounding roads.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions, please email

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