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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsSARAH HEWITT: I used a range of different technologies. And it was quite a wide range. So, for example, I might be reading a paper that was a PDF document. So I would use the highlighter in the comment section to do things as I was going along. If they raised points that were not so much about the paper, but the bigger issues, straight onto Padlet and do a post-it note on Padlet. As a group, we often posted things in Google Docs. And one of the wonderful things about Google Docs is that you can type your own kind of paragraph, your own notes in there. And you can see other people doing it. So that was really useful.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 secondsWe had a Facebook group, where we would talk about particular things. I also found OneNote really useful. Microsoft Word for just setting up a table and typing up things like who's the author of the paper and the date it was published. So I had a really wide range of electronic tools. And finally, I would put them all together using things like, either Piktochart or Canva, to produce the kind of visual representation of what it is I was trying to do. Because I often find that the art-- just the art of creating a poster, it's not the poster. It's the process, the thinking that goes on behind doing that that is the key.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsSo a lot of the times I would start something a poster, for example and not finish it, but it didn't matter. I'd got half way through. And then my thinking was clear. And I knew what I wanted to do next.

Technology power user

In this video, PhD student Sarah tells us about all the technologies she uses to support her study strategies and collaborate with other students but are these skills true of all students?

Two student surveys of assistive technology (AT) use in higher education in 2007 and 2013 illustrated the importance of training and support and although many students felt they knew how to make the most of technologies on offer, this was not always the case. Several comments were made about a lack of time to learn new AT skills, complexity and abandonment.

With the aim of gathering more ideas the LexDis project gives students and staff the chance to share their experiences of useful technology strategies for studying and the ‘Skills You Need’ team say that those studying in Higher Education need to have knowledge of:

  • up in the Cloud
  • image editing
  • Microsoft Office
  • coding
  • branding
  • banking apps
  • creating and curating content

You may also be interested in other related resources which can be accessed from the ‘See also’ section at the bottom of this page.

There is still a knowledge gap as to how best to provide strategies that will allow all disabled students to make best use of the technologies available. How do you think we can help to fill this ‘gap’?


© This work is created by the University of Southampton and licensed under CC-BY 4.0 International Licence. Erasmus + MOOCs for Accessibility Partnership.

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Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments

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