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SHUFFLE at the conference “Digitale Barrierefreiheit weiter denken” on friday, 16.09.2022

Christin Stormer

The Netzwerk digitale Hochschullehre Hessen invited on Friday, 16.09.22 to present and discuss innovative projects, exciting concepts for accessible digital teaching and all other activities around accessibility in digital (higher) education.

The SHUFFLE team was abundantly represented. In two presentations and one workshop we presented and discussed our experiences and results from the last year.

We successfully contributed the following topics to the conference:

Presentation: Barriers in Moodle: What are they and what can we do?
In a study, an exemplary Moodle course was tested for accessibility according to the criteria of the BIK BITV test. We presented some interesting results and discussed with the participants how mistakes on the part of course creators can be avoided.

Lecture: “What I actually needed…” – Ways students communicate when faced with digital barriers
In early 2022, SHUFFLE conducted a survey on digital accessibility at the collaborative universities. The aim was to survey students with individual needs (students with difficulties in their studies due to permanent, situational or temporary circumstances) as well as teachers about their experiences with digital teaching. The results presented show an urgency of the topic because support structures (technical support, general advice, etc.) are obviously still not enough available or transparent. Often, students who encounter digital barriers are not even aware of possible contact persons.

Workshop: Digital accessibility firmly anchored – a workshop on the future of our university.
In a short and intensive future workshop (according to Robert Jungk), ways and strategies were developed for anchoring digital accessibility at universities in a sustainable way. In three work phases, the knowledge and experiences of the participants from different universities were compiled. In addition, space was given for visions and social fantasies to unfold. In this way, in addition to the obstacles on the way to realizing an accessible university future, existing approaches and examples of good practice were to be identified and further developed, and innovative designs for the future were to be created.

Further information on the presentations and workshops of the conference can be found on the homepage of HessenHub.

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