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Programme for Day 1: Tuesday 11th June

Schedule for Day 1
Content Explanation/Detail
9.00-9.30 Introduction- Jane Seale Introduction to conference
9.30-10.15 Ice-breaker Sharing our/their visions for the future (what ought to be) in term of preferable practice/experience for students
10.15- 11.30 International Panel What have we learnt from the previous four symposia regarding similarities and differences across the 5 countries?

  • Effective Models: Sheryl Burgstahler, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Engagement of Stakeholders: Laura King, Dawson College, Montreal
  • Design Issues: Dorit Olenik-Shemesh, The Open University, Israel
  • Transition practices: Björn Fisseler, FernUniversität, Hagen
11.30-11.45 Break
11.45-12.45 Keynote Where is technology going in the future and what implications does this have for research and practice in the field?

E.A Draffan, University of Southampton

12.45- 1.45 Networking and Lunch
1.45-2.45 Student Panel (1) Disabled OU students will share their current experience of ICT and ICT support and their ideal or preferable experience
2.45-3.00 Break
3.00-4.30 Practice: ‘birds of feather’ exercise Participants are invited to propose a practice challenge or topic around which they would like to share experiences, explore solutions etc. For example: “ I want to set up an accessibility training course for my staff and would like to hear from anyone else who has tried this, or is thinking of trying this.” Anyone interested in that project can join the person at their table to discuss how to develop the idea further
4.30-5.00 Plenary and close

Programme for Day 2: Wednesday 12th June

Schedule for Day 2
Content Explanation/Detail
9.00-9.30 Summary of Day 1 Review of key issues raised so far

Jane Seale

9.30-10.30 Panel discussion Panellists will present an overview of their current research- the implications it has for practice and ideas for how the research might be built upon in the future:

  • Sarah Lewthwaite, University of Southampton: 'The Pedagogy of Accessibility Education'
  • Fransisco Iniesto, PhD student Open University: Accessibility of MOOCS
  • Kate Lister, Open University: Methods for involving disabled students in research
  • Catherine Fichten, Dawson College, Montreal: The potential of mobile technology
10.30-10.45 Break
10.45-11.45 Panel discussion Panellists will present an overview of their current practice and what research they think it needed to develop or inform their practice further:

  • Trevor Collins, Open University: The role of technology in enabling inclusive fieldwork
  • Sean Bracken, Worcester University: Transforming HE through UDL
  • Atif Choudhury, Diversity & Ability: AT training and mentoring for disabled students
  • Dan Comden and Hadi Rangin, University of Washington, Seattle: What research is needed to make our lives as AT and Access Specialists easier?
Break 11:00-11:30
11.45-12.45 Keynote What emerging design and technology directions are the accessibility community facing? What are the implications for higher education?

David Sloan, The Paciello Group

12.45-1.45 Networking and Lunch
1.45-2.45 Student Panel (2) Disabled OU students will share their views regarding what future research they would like to see done and what would be relevant to them.
2.45-3.00 Break
3.00-4.30 Research: ‘birds of feather’ exercise Participants are invited to propose a research project that they would like to test interest in . For example: “I would like to write a collaborative paper on x” OR “I would like to develop a research bid focusing on..” Anyone interested in that project can join the person at their table to discuss how to develop the idea further
4.30-4.45 Plenary and Close
4.45 Celebratory Morris dancing display