FRI: IncludingEveryone Project (Cathy McGovern)

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Cathy McGovern
7 January 2019

The IncludingEverybody Project targets increasing awareness of enabling technology through the production and dissemination of highly sharable Open educational resources (OER).

Below should be a link to my H818 poster:

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IncludingEverybody Project The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN General Assembly, 2007) promotes, ‘the design, development, production and distribution of accessible information. Developments in technology are evolving rapidly and increase the means to include a diverse range of those who would not traditionally have had access to knowledge capital. Moreover, developments in mainstream consumer technologies have reduced the gap between what was specialized assistive technologies and mainstream off the shelf products with built in inclusive design (James & Draffan, 2018). These technologies could benefit many, if they have digital access, are aware of them, and have the digital literacies to utilise them (McGovern, 2018). ‘… the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed’ (Gibson, 2018). IncludingEverybody aims to increase awareness of the ‘How-to’ design, develop, produce and distribute accessible digital artefacts. It will also showcase various ways technology can be enabling through the production of accessible, highly sharable open educational resources (OER) in multiple representations of information, each offering a different but equivalent representation of the same knowledge. A linked blog will outline the processes in more detail and compares, contrasts, and critically evaluates each. The first phase of the IncludingEveryone project and conference presentation focuses on content creators. This is an important area for content creators as knowing ‘how to’ increase usability and accessibility of the digital resources may have a significant impact on how effectively it can convey the intended information to many, reducing exclusion while addressing the reality that meeting the learning needs of some students may create barriers for others (Griful-Freixenet, et al., 2017). The blog will function as a live e-curation resource with hyperlinks embedded in the text, a reference list, and a comments section. This knowledge sharing project is prompted by a noted lack of awareness. Firstly, the World Health Organisation points out that, “unless professionals and people with disabilities are aware of their (assistive devices) existence, they will not benefit from them, so information sharing and awareness is vital” (2011, p. 188) A second phase of the project will focus on empowering learners to meet their own needs as Jisc (webinar, 2016) pointed out that, “Learners – and those supporting them – may be unaware of the options available”. This is important for people who experience exclusion from mismatched human interaction, from a temporary injury or context, or from a situation (Microsoft, 2016). Potentially us all, in fact. (400 words)   References CAST, 2018. Universal design for learning guidelines version 2.2 [graphic organizer]. [Online] [Accessed 10 October 2018].. Gibson, W., 2018. The Science in Science FIction [Interview] (22 October 2018). Griful-Freixenet, J., Karen, S., Meggie, V. & Caroline, A., 2017. Higher education students with disabilities speaking out: perceived barriers and opportunities of the Universal Design for Learning framework. Disability & Society, 32(10), pp. 1627-1649. James, A. & Draffan, E. A., 2018. Creating Re-purposable, Accessible Open Education Resources to enhance Inclusive Learning Practices. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 12 December 2018]. McGovern, C., 2018. H818 TMA 01, submitted to The Open University as part of H818 assessment.. s.l.:s.n. Microsoft, 2016. Inclusive Design. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 16 December 2018]. OpenLearn, 2018. 1.4 Usability and accessibility. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 18 November 2018]. Seale, J. K., 2014. E-LEARNING AND DISABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION ACCESSIBLE RESEARCH ADN PRACTICE. 2ND ed. Oxon: Routledge. United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2016. The Report on the World Social Situation 2016: Leaving no one Behind: The Imperative of Inclusive Development, s.l.: United Nations. World Health Organization, 2011. WORLD REPORT ON DISABILITY. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 02 May 2018].

Cathy McGovern
13:23 on 10 January 2019

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Munir Moosa Sadruddin
7:42pm 21 January 2019


It is really good to learn that you are working for the inclusion of the excluded ones. Your project seems to guide content creators. I also liked the idea of e-curation! This collaborative activity will help to gather a lot, hopefully!

Which platform are you thinking to prepare a blog? Will it be an open access blog? What approaches are you thinking to network and approach the content creators?



patrick shearer
9:27pm 23 January 2019

I like your theme Cathy, and you seem to have had a bit more success with your Sway poster :) 

The future is indeed here but as well as distribution we have these kind of problems.

However, i always get some consolation from the fact that many of 'my' teachers who used to 'hoard' knowledge to themselves as a way of showing authority are now struggling to keep up. I had the 'pleasure' recently of doing some 'supply' teaching in my old secondary school. As a pupil there was one very 'closed' teacher in the Technical Dept. (woodwork) - he was never slow at making you feel 'stupid' if you didnt know something. This particular teacher was still at the school, close to retiral, but still there. He didnt remember me but i very much enjoyed showing him that there was more than one kind of web browser when he was in the staff room and asked generally why he couldnt access a particular programme. He was very grateful to me when i sopened showed him Google Chrome :). The point is that sharing is good and the more evenly the distribution the better in my opininion. I am looking forward to your presentation.


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