Tactile Diagrams at the Open University, Tuesday at 7:30 PM

Getting tactile diagrams at University is often not as easy as it should be. However, the Open University has an excellent reputation for accessibility, and has developed robust processes for students to request diagrams and for those diagrams to be designed and produced.

This session will be presented jointly by Jeff Bashton, former Visual Impairment Adviser at the Open University; and Andrew Whitehead, Graphics Media Developer within the OU’s Learner and Discovery Services. It will briefly outline what the Open University is, before explaining what gave rise to the tactile diagrams initiative and how it was developed.

Andrew will illustrate how diagrams are prioritised, and describe the tools and techniques he uses to design and produce them. We will learn how these techniques are applied to standard graphs and charts, as well as more complex images such as a cross-section of part of the brain!

If you are currently studying at University, or thinking of starting a University course soon, this session will serve as a case study of how Universities can provide effective support in this area. We will give details of DSA funding models at the end of the presentation.

If you are interested in tactile diagrams in general, this session will offer valuable insights into the tools and techniques available and the reasons for choosing them.

Register for the Masterclass here.

To join by phone, please use these details:

  • Phone number: 0131 460 1196
  • Meeting ID: 848 1473 4858
  • Passcode: 123456