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A hardware solution for access to software media production tools for students with reduced manual dexterity

Abstract: This study was undertaken to assess possible solutions to the issue of acute disability with regard access to Computer Aided Media Production systems. With the shift to software production, it is now increasingly important for inclusion, widening participation and accessibility to be paramount on the agenda of any course team developing educational materials. This paper is a review of available solutions for students with extreme mobility differences that can exclude them from mainstream approaches to the control of software interfaces. It describes a bespoke solution utilised in a particular case that has proved to be invaluable in the teaching and assessment of a student with limited manual dexterity due to Cerebral Palsy. The study focuses on editing packages that are used extensively in the assessment of audio media courses, but the solution brokered could be adapted to be beneficial across many disciplines.

Author information: Colin Heron is a Senior Lecturer in Communications Technology at North East Wales Institute of Higher Education in Wrexham.

Date: February 2008

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