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The University of Bolton Library

Online Teaching and Learning

A guide for Academic Staff to Library services and resources to support online teaching and learning.

Accessibility

Designing Accessible Learning

"Even semi-accessible digital learning is more accessible to most disabled learners than traditional lecture and handouts. When you return to face-to-face teaching, exploit the inclusion benefits of digital content and activities to scaffold, support and engage" - Alistair McNaught, Accessibility Consultant

 

These two blog posts from the Copyright Licensing Agency provide a helpful overview of the issues of accessibility of digital learning.  

 

Further articles can be found via Discover@Bolton. The monthly Disability Higher education teaching and learning bibliography by Heather Dawson provides a regularly updated source of research on these topics. 

Getting started with Accessibility

 

University of Bolton Disability Service

The Disability Service has guidance on inclusive teaching strategies and blended remote learning and inclusive teaching practice

 

Library Resources on Accessibility, Inclusive Education and Disability in Higher Education

 

The Library has a wide range of resources on pedagogy, inclusive education and accessibility. Search via Discover@Bolton on the Library homepage or explore the key databases for Education on our Subject Guide. A few selected ebook titles are highlighted below. 

RNIB Bookshare

The Library provides access to the RNIB Bookshare scheme for print disabled learners. Once set up with a RNIB Bookshare account, learners can access accessible textbooks and materials on demand. 

To gain access to RNIB Bookshare, students should discuss their support needs with the Disability Service. Where students have the qualifying print disabilities (which can include visual impairments, learning disabilities and physical disabilities) a referral will be made to the Library for RNIB Bookshare access.

For more information on RNIB Bookshare see our Additional Learning Support guide

Accessibility of Library Resources

Accessibility is a key consideration for the Library when acquiring new resources. Accessibility statements for some key library platforms will follow shortly.

Tools for checking accessibility

The following tools allow you to check existing online content for accessibility.