my institution is looking at making the Techdis Voices and StudyBar (ATBar) available to all its students (and staff). Has anyone any experience on such a large roll-out of these specific applications?
My focus isn't on the technical issues of the roll-out, more around what support is likely to be required, training sessions, workshops or guides. Also, how to promote the use of these applications for ALL users, not just those with disabilities; has anyone any experience of innovative use of these technologies. How do you use them?
Any input, advice, direction is most gratefully received.
We rolled out both of these solutions on our college wide image 18 months ago .
With new learner intake about to start in September we included as part of cross college awareness raising sessions.
Before new learning intake train the trainers:
These included our
Equality inclusion and diversity officer , mentors , a few learning support assistants, Edrivers , advanced teaching and learning practitioners.
A standardised training session was agreed with this team.
Support materials were identified and links placed in an online training course on our moodle.
The aforementioned team delivered the standardised CPD sessions during cpd day to staff before learners retured. Part of the session involved highlighted the online cpd course (passworded to allow us to identify who has enrolled upon the course)
This was supported throughout the year with members of this team attending curriculum team meetings to re-promote the software.
Moving back to induction the team attended learner curriculum inductions and promoted the use of the software.
This proved very effective and popular with our learners. We did not promote the tools as a support tool for the few - more that all learners could use it to "listen back" to their assignments rather than read them etc etc.
Learners did not feel intimidated about using the software or uncomfortable as the class had seen the software and they had not been individually targeted to use this software.
Later , if another learner turned around and asked them "what's that you have there?" they just replied "o its that software we all were showed at induction...... "
Hope that helps?