Day 1 - Online: Tuesday 18th June 2013

Lisa has been teaching students with learning difficulties and more complex needs for over 25 years.  She began using technology for teaching when working in a discrete unit within a boys’ comprehensive school in the 1980s and found it to be liberating, engaging and helped to develop independence and foster creativity. Since then she has worked in schools, colleges and local authorities until in 2006 when she moved to Jisc with the North West Regional Support Centre based at Lancaster University taking up the first position within any RSC as the Curriculum Advisor for Independent Specialist Colleges.

Lisa joined Jisc TechDis in 2010 and leads the work of the UK wide Service with regard to supporting students with high end needs by advocating the use of technology to achieve effective outcomes.

Increasingly Lisa has been the catalyst for a number of high profile and UK wide projects involving a wide range of cross sector providers, agencies and funding streams.

There has been an explosion of interest in the use of mobile and portable devices in education. In this session Lisa Featherstone will give an overview of both the issues and the opportunities from an accessibility and inclusion perspective.

We will look at basic accessibility features and also the advantages in terms of teaching and learning.  Mobile learning offers surprising opportunities for inclusion, despite the accessibility difficulties of the small and fiddly interface of a mobile device. This session looks at mobile learning as a tool for inclusive practice that will benefit both disabled people and the wider community of learners. Mobile learning can introduce barriers as well as reduce them - a podcast without a transcript doesn’t help deaf learners, a video clip won’t help blind learners - but by extending the repertoire of teaching approaches, tutors who begin to explore mobile learning will be better placed to support a wider range of learning needs.

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