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February 09, 2011

JISC TechDis subject and library survey – experiences in obtaining alternative formats

Do you have experience of working with publishers to source or produce accessible texts for your students? 

JISC TechDis are seeking to produce a summary of publisher responsiveness to requests for alternative and/or accessible texts on a subject by subject basis.  Students with accessibility needs can benefit enormously from the provision of an online version.

The summary aims to:

  1. Advise subject communities on the best publishers in their subject areas in terms either providing texts in accessible format at source (e.g. accessible e-book platforms), or supporting requests for alternative formats of hard copy books.
  2. Provide early feedback to publishers commended for their accessibility awareness.
  3. Identify problem publishers.  These will be approached (in partnership with intermediaries and peers within the industry) to give them feedback, make them aware of the issues and point them to advice and guidance from the Right to Read Alliance and the publishing industry.

Further details can be found in this pdf from TechDis subjectcentresurvey.doc.  The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and is available at:  

September 15, 2010

Invitation to participate in our survey on the 'assessment of workplace learning'.

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The History Subject Centre is funding a project on the Assessment of Workplace Learning in UK Undergraduate History Programmes, at a time when opportunities for workplace learning (WPL) are increasingly being offered in History courses.  Although there is a vast literature on work place and work based learning, there is comparatively little written on the assessment of this form of learning.

This project aims to address this omission and offer examples of best practice to support the central importance of assessment to teaching and learning.

Colleagues in History are invited to complete the online survey about their experiences of the assessment of WPL: the findings will form an important part of the project outputs and conclusions.  The survey is open from 15th September to 5th November 2010.

The project is part of the Subject Centre's work on History Graduates with Impact during this academic year.  For further information please visit:


June 14, 2010

Call for case studies: how does student engagement improve the learning experience?

The Student engagement project at the HEA is looking for case studies of students as active partners in shaping their learning experience.  The key focus is student involvement in developing curriculum design and delivery.

The team are seeking a broad range of examples from across our programme areas and Subject Centres.  These might include for instance, different forms of student engagement in developing curriculum, the impact of a student intern, using new technology in learning or student involvement with teaching.  Case studies may also be from different contexts such as discipline-based examples, HE in FE, or at an institution-wide level.

Further information:

If you would like to share an example of effective practice, please complete the case_study_proposal_form to provide a summary of what your case study is about.  If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit a full case study.

Case studies submitted by students that are accepted will be awarded a £75 payment for the author.

For further details please contact Lauren Webb, Project Officer for Student Engagement, on 01904 717500, or email  




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