Glasgow Kelvin College’s Gary Sharp has been on the airwaves this week, outlining the College’s approach to and services for people with a visual impairment.
Stuart Lawler, on his podcast from ‘Remote but not Restricted’, invited Gary to take part and provide an example of the College’s good practice in delivering services during the COVID19 lockdown.
As all universities and colleges move their teaching and learning online, making sure that materials provided to students with a visual impairment are accessible and fit for purpose can be a challenge. Working with their charity partners, the Thomas Pocklington Trust, RNIB and Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Remote but not Restricted podcasts can provide hints, tips and resources to make course delivery the best it can be.
Gary emphasised that the College’s fortuitous ‘early adoption’ of Teams as a Microsoft Showcase College had certainly made it less challenging to transition to online rather than face-to-face delivery. Staff were already experienced enough to ease students into the process.
He explained the benefits of Microsoft Teams, including immersive reader, to address a wide range of additional support needs for students, and the services which can be built in around that.
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Gary said of his broadcast experience,
“There were actually many other things I wanted to shoehorn in, but didn’t manage due to time. The college’s response and attitude to the current environment made it a very easy interview to shine a light on good practice.”
Principal Derek Smeall congratulated Gary and the team for the sterling work they’re doing, saying,
“Well done! A fantastic insight into what you and your team do to support our learners and a great reflection of the work the College does.”