[BCAB] Open University

Graham Page gpage at useit.plus.com
Sat May 3 23:01:52 BST 2014


That is useful thanks very much. It seems that courses would indeed be largely accessible them.

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> On 3 May 2014, at 19:17, "Eleanor Martha Burke" <eleanormarthaburke at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I am an Open University student studying for my Masters in Laws.  All my
> Modules (I am on the 4th currently) are or have been on-line with excellent
> accessability.  However, there have been on-line tutorials via eluminate
> live which works with Java and for a screen reader Java Access Bridge.  I
> have never felt confident enough to attend a live tutorial as my screen
> reader does not make the grade when working with JAB for me to participate
> fully independently.  However, I have managed to listen to recordings of the
> tutorials with my tutors sending me the PowerPoint presentations used in the
> tutorials.  As well as on-line course work, there is a facility to download
> accessable formats for all students on the modules and this includes format
> for Kindle, MP3 files, PDF files and Word.  Where there are videos or MP3
> audio interviews there are transcripts of these.  Getting around the website
> does not have accessability problems just up to one to get familiar with the
> layout of it.  Hope this helps and reassures you.  I know that on this list
> and others I have been ready to complain about the OU and accessability but
> I cannot complain, rather compliment the OU on its on-line courses.  There
> is then the Office that deals with students requiring alternative formats on
> those courses that are not on-line, I cannot remember the name of this
> office, simply because it keeps changing its name, it used to be called the
> Office for Students with Disabilities but I think it now has something to do
> with Material Resources, probably to keep up with politically correctness
> but such an office is excellent in any case.  Depending on the course one
> chooses one may be entitled to apply for Disabled Student's Allowance or as
> is the case for myself, I get the same assistance by another means known as
> the Access to Learning Fund.  The ALF is a means tested student support
> financial assistance in terms of non-medical help and equipment but I think
> one can have a financial income of about twenty-three thousand pounds and
> below per annum to qualify for the support.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Graham Page
> Sent: 03 May 2014 00:05
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] Open University
> 
> I am quite interested to hear how this goes as I seem to remember reading
> that there are doubts as to whether the online learning facilities now used
> by the open university are in fact accessible.  I wouldn't mind looking at
> courses there myself and I know that in the past the OU used to really make
> an effort to be accessible but if indeed the online learning system is not
> easily accessible then this is clearly quite a problem.  does anyone have
> any more info about this?
> 
> Regards
> 
> Graham
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Chris Apple
> boy
> Sent: 02 May 2014 19:05
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: [BCAB] Open University
> 
> Hi all
> Just signed up to Open University. Going to try a course called Certificate
> of Higher Education In Computing And IT. Will keep you posted but course
> doesn't start until October of this year. Duration is part time two years
> with maximum of 120 credits awarded.
> --
> Regards Chris
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