It might be easy to assume that accessible content must be boring. That there are so many things that need to be checked and thought about that the experience must be less.

It’s just not true.

Yes there are more things to think about but that isn’t a reason to…

I have, over the past month or so, been in the fortunate position of trying something new; of trying to take all the lessons learned during the pandemic to design the processes that make more flexible courses and qualifications.

It is daunting, and exciting, and I’ve been able to try…

Sometimes you have an opportunity to go back to the start. What I mean by that, is to have the opportunity to plan a course or qualification from the beginning.

It is undeniably a stressful process especially when it comes on top of an already overloaded schedule but it is…

Assessments tend to come at the end of courses and are often thought about last but they are fundamental to making your course work as a whole and fundamental to how your course is perceived as it is often the last thing your students will see.

Assessments themselves are decided…

It’s always good to have a plan on how you want to check your students’ learning and on their well being, I’m sure that isn’t a surprise to anyone. For online one to one sessions, this also means planning for different eventualities. Do both you and your student have reliable…

Once you have your written material written, at least in the main, you’ll need to turn your attention to your synchronous sessions. These sessions will largely be determined by your institution; the length and what you are expected to do in them for example.

There are three main types of…

Media, images, gifs, videos etc, are a great way to break up your text and illustrate your point but they also come with issues so you need to be certain of what the purpose of your media is and who owns it.

There is a phrase ‘things on the internet…

I have considered writing this at the headings of so, so many documents.

The purpose of education is to impart knowledge and teach ways of thinking so your purpose is to make that process as smooth as possible. …

Online, what your audience sees on the screen will be the most visible part of your teaching so it is best to present yourself in the best possible light.

Given what I said in the ‘Keep it simple’ section, it might be tempting to throw everything you know at every…

Originally, I was going to include structure in ‘Keep it clear’ but the two together were getting a little out of hand, especially when thinking of the scroll of doom, and structure is a point worth making all on its own. …

Nicola Fordham

Online learning designer and accessibility advocate rambling in the hope of making life a little easier for someone.

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