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Accessibility and Blended Learning Conference

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration is open until 12pm on Wednesday 23rd March.

About this event

This conference invites students and staff to engage in conversations about how blended learning impacts access to teaching and learning.

The aim is to gain a greater understanding of both the advantages and barriers of blended learning for disabled and neurodivergent students.

As part of the conference, we will be hosting a panel with students and university staff exploring the experiences of disabled students with blended learning. This will be followed by a workshop focused on developing inclusive and accessible assessment. During the conference we will explore the nuances and differing experiences of accessibility, centre students’ personal experiences and raise awareness at the university about barriers to accessibility and the steps that can be made to support disabled students throughout their academic journey. This conference is hosted by BILT Student Fellows Ellen Graves (Blended Learning and Online Community) and Kai Charles (Experiences of Disabled Students).

Proposed schedule:

  • 1pm: Introduction and Keynote talk from Piers Wilkinson (more details below)
  • 1:30pm: 15 minute break
  • 1:45pm Blended learning and experiences of students with disabilities panel
    • A panel with students and staff, centering students’ personal experiences of blended learning and discussing both the advantages and barriers to access it. Chaired by Kai Charles.
  • 2:45pm 30 minute break
  • 3:15pm Inclusive assessment workshop
  • 4pm 15 minute break
  • 4:15pm Final thoughts
    • Half an hour for conclusion, a chance for attendees to share any thoughts or questions & Mentimeter activity
      Participants will be sent a Zoom joining link closer to the date of the conference.

Keynote speaker

Piers Wilkinson is the Policy and Campaigns Lead at Diversity and Ability (D&A), an award winning disabled-led social enterprise, which directly supports students, employees, and organisations to achieve their potential through building inclusive practices and cultures.

Piers has been deeply involved in student representation at all levels for over 6 years, culminating in their election to national representative positions between 2016 and 2020, and in March 2020 was appointed to the Disabled Students’ Commission.

Piers also works as an Access and Inclusion consultant, working with local, national, and international organisations to build meaningful and sustainable inclusive cultures utilising lived experience. Other notable projects Piers has been involved in include the 2018 Accessibility Regulations, the Student Mind’s Mental Health Charter, the Arriving at Thriving report, and supporting grassroots community organisations to improve digital engagement and achieve impact goals during the Covid pandemic.