WIDE Project

(source: JISC TechDis)

A project supported by JISC TechDis has won a major grant that will help transform the lives of disabled learners and their teachers.

Researchers at Teesside University have been awarded £30,000 for their WIDE (Widgets for Inclusive Distributed Environments) project and aim to produce high quality widgets, similar to iPhone applications, that will support disabled students through their learning journey.

Funding was secured through the JISC Distributed Learning Environments scheme and WIDE was one of only three projects to successfully attract funding. Simon Ball, Senior Advisor at JISC TechDis, keen supporter of the project since it was first conceived, said; “I’m delighted JISC have funded this research at Teesside University. This project will result in a range of standards-compliant, reusable technological widgets that will enable students with accessibility needs to participate on more equitable terms with their peers.”

WIDE will bring together groups of staff who are involved in the teaching and support of disabled students in further and higher education and seek ideas for how mini applications can help and support disabled students. Researchers will then design and develop a series of high quality widgets which will be created for specific learning needs, with the aim of producing digital applications which can be distributed to the education sector.

For more details on the WIDE project read the full Teesside University news release

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