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HESTEM Accessible learning resources in mathematics

7th January 2013
University of Bath

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and researchers with an interest in the technical challenges of producing accessible learning resources for mathematical subjects. Talks will be of a technical nature and will assume knowledge of at least (but not limited to) LaTeX, MathML and the typical authoring and content production practices of the mathematics community.

Volker Sorge of the University of Birmingham will be speaking on his project to turn electronically prepared PDF documents containing mathematics into accessible documents. Jonathan Fine of the Open University will be speaking on the methods the OU has been exploring. Emma Cliffe of University of Bath will disseminate some of the findings of a HESTEM funded project aimed at exploring methods currently available to individual lecturers. Exact titles to be confirmed. In the afternoon we will discuss known approaches and consider what work might be done to develop and communicate these further.

Preliminary schedule:

10:30 Arrival and refreshments
11:00 A11Y for Mathematics: From Electronic Gibberish to Accessible Content, Volker Sorge, University of Birmingham
Accessibility and Mathematical Content at the Open University, Jonathan Fine, Open University
Single source, multiple outputs: can lecturers meet individual requirements?, Emma Cliffe, University of Bath
13:30 Lunch and informal discussions
14:30 Discussion: where next? (Refreshments available)
16:00 Departure

The meeting will be held at the University of Bath, a light lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend this meeting please fill in the application form and return it to Emma Cliffe. Please note that this is not a Sigma funded event and we are not able to support travel and subsistence costs for members. We have limited funds to support travel for a small number of AccessMSORWG or members of a Sigma Hub with a specific interest in this area and who would otherwise not be able to attend. Please fill in the appropriate section on the application form to apply for this support.