Students Scoop Funding to Develop New Digital Tools

Posted: December 8th 2015

Students and staff from Doncaster College have been announced as winners of a major national competition to come up with ideas to make digital learning tools accessible to all.

Learners from Life Skills (both past and present) will receive £5,000 funding and practical support as part of the Accessible by Design competition run by digital technologies charity Jisc. The competition explores new ways of furthering accessibility and inclusion to break down barriers to education technology for learners with disabilities.  

The team from Doncaster College impressed the competition judges with their augmented reality cookbook idea which shows simple step by step instructions on how to cook basic meals. The book is aimed at people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities who may find it difficult to follow and process instructions.

As one of four winning teams, they have been given £5,000 funding and will receive close support from Jisc experts to help push their idea through the design stage. 

Jisc will also continue to support the most promising ideas and take them forward for development into products. In the past, Jisc has funded accessible e-books, inclusive mobile learning sites and an accessible version of YouTube.

Paul Bailey, Senior Co-Design Manager, Jisc said: “Accessible by Design is an exciting competition which challenges staff and students to discover new ways of bringing the latest education technology within the reach of everyone.

“We are looking forward to helping the winners take their projects forward and turn them into real, working solutions.

“The life skills students should feel very proud to have been named as winners and I am looking forward to seeing how their idea develops over the coming months.”

Chris Medwell, Programme Co-ordinator – Life Skills said “We want to thank everyone for voting and for your overwhelming support. The learners are extremely happy and excited for their ideas to be developed”.

For more information visit the Accessible by Design project page.  

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