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Slidewiki

A journal of events for the duration of the project

The first time the ECS Accessibility Team (working on Workpackage four) presented slides that included the Slidewiki project in November 2016. Around 20 academics and researchers in the Web and Internet science group at the University of Southampton listened patiently as we talked about the "Digital Accessibility Challenges: Locality, Usability and Technology" which included some of the issues we had been coming up against in early accessibility checks. By this time we had been lucky enough to have some MSc students who had seen us delivering presentations using Slidewiki and been willing to evaluate the outcome as well as make their own decks. It was interesting to see where usability problems arose and how hard it was to achieve keyboard and screen reader access in a consistent way and that allowed for navigation and feedback both during the reading of slides as well as for the creation.

By May 2017 we were sufficiently confident to present ideas about SlideWiki at the same time as talking about "Accessible MOOCS" at the ATOS Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This was a conference held in London but there were similar events being held around the world with webinars,talks and tweets on the subject of accessibility being streamed and shared in order to build awareness around the subject. The work we had already done on our Erasmus+ MOOCAP project and the FutureLearn Digital Accessibility MOOC (which had had over 10,000 registrants) allowed us to present slides on the emerging lessons learnt about the designing of accessible online course systems and their content.

Many learners on the Digital Accessibility MOOC had commented on how much they had enjoyed the course, so it was felt that converting sections of the MOOC into SlideWiki decks (to be available as open educational resources (OERs)) would be a useful way of disseminating the content once the MOOCS where no longer running. The MOOCAP content was held under a CC-By-4.0 licence so this fitted well with the SlideWiki CC-By-SA 4.0 licence. However, we became aware at this time of the problems that lurk when using screen grabs and imagery in educational settings and then releasing them in a public arena. There was much discussion as to how these issues could be resolved.

The next mention of SlideWiki outside the university came about in the final MOOCAP dissemination July 2017 meeting in Linz (Austria) where colleagues on the project were happy to see their work being presented in another format as part of the dissemination of what had been achieved over the last three years of MOOCAP.

Later, in August 2017 there's a chance to have a poster or snapshot, as it was called by the World Health Organisation at the GREAT Summit: Global Research Innovation and Education in Assistive Technology (PDF download of the poster) where we showcased the concept of accessible online OERs being developed alongside open source assistive technology such as a text to speech toolbar. This was a chance to network with over 200 international delegates all working in the field of disability, digital accessibility and assistive technology.

September 12-15th 2017 there will be the AAATE conference and T4I both occurring in Sheffield. We have had papers accepted and will be presenting once again on the concepts we have discussed as we move forward with our next set of trials and the new version of SlideWiki, where all our presentations and the MSc module decks will be found.