April 2015 – Work review

Online seminars, web-conferences, webinars, call them what you will… this month I started off with a comparison of the big three apps. This is April 2015’s work review. Web-conferencing recommendations At the start of the month I posted a review of Google Hangouts, Skype and Blackboard Collaborate as web-conferencing tools for the higher education sector. … Continue reading April 2015 – Work review

Headings are important in Word and PDFs

The use of headings in documents in commonplace, but it is essential that heading styles are used rather than just increasing the font size using the font tools. Using headings styles in Word adds extra functionality for navigation and accessibility. Word heading styles also offer a quick way to create a table of contents that … Continue reading Headings are important in Word and PDFs

Accessibility essentials mini-lecture

This post presents a 15-minute mini-lecture on accessibility, designed to be useful for anyone creating websites or online resources, including virtual learning environments. The lecture is not exhaustive, but introduces some of the considerations about disabled users’ experiences of the web and how you can create accessible web resources. Full accessibility guidance, including further advice … Continue reading Accessibility essentials mini-lecture

How to make sure your PDFs are accessible

Making your documents accessible to all students regardless of impairment is an essential skill for all educators to learn. We frequently make PDF documents available to our students, but we have a responsibility to make sure these are accessible to disabled students. There is an added advantage to this, in that making a PDF document … Continue reading How to make sure your PDFs are accessible

Rewiring Inclusion: strategies, tools and techniques to promote barrier-free learning (JISC/ALT Conference on Accessibility) [Short report]

Report back on attendance of JISC TechDis / ALT conference ‘Rewiring Inclusion: Strategies, tools and techniques to promote barrier-free learning’, Nottingham, 9th Feb 2010. Matt Cornock, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York. Funded by University of York FELT RRF.

Usability fail: timesplus.co.uk – the new Times Premium Content site

A few months back, you may remember the heads-up that Murdoch was going to make parts of the Times newspaper website pay-per-click. Essentially, requiring paid-for subscription to access news material (exclusives, popular, etc.). We will refer to this content as ‘premium content’.

General Election 2010: Party Campaign Websites Analysis (Part 3: Accessibility)

This is the third and final part of the UK 2010 General Election Campaign Websites Analysis for the three major parties. This post looks at the accessibility considerations of the three homepages:

Useful web considerations: Bing vs Google, YouTube and accessibility, Top 100 internet sites

This is a very brief post about a few web related things that are worthy of note recently.

Bing is coming! Batten down the hatches, Google

I have to say I’ve been very impressed with Bing’s advertising campaign which effectively brands itself as a ‘decision engine’ rather than a search engine, but more noteworthy for me is how they’ve drawn out the point of ‘information overload’ which is oh so prevalent in modern society. Taking a look at some of the anti-Microsoft comments on the (Google-owned) YouTube videos of the adverts you might get the impression that people don’t like Bing. However, I get the impression that whilst most of us ‘web savvy’ types are happy to use Google and have trained ourselves to filter a lot of the Google Search Results Pages (SRPs) to find the stuff we want, Bing is targeting those people who are overwhelmed by seeing ‘1-10 of 304,235,000 results’ at the top of the SRP.