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Digitisation and reformatting: recommendations from current provision in Scottish higher education

Recommendations from Scottish HEIs on providing accessible electronic texts for students

digitisation-and-reformatting-cover‘If I can’t read it, I can’t learn it.’ (RNIB-registered student)

Students with a variety of impairments, including visual impairments, physical impairments and dyslexia can experience barriers to reading and using traditional printed texts. Accessible electronic texts are vital if these students are to become independent learners and to ensure that they are not disadvantaged during study.

Following recent funding changes, higher education institutions in Scotland are now required to fund the digitisation and reformatting of course materials. This report presents examples of practice and recommendations for developing provision of accessible electronic text from a number of Scottish HEIs. It aims to enable collaboration and sharing of information on effective ways to approach digitisation and reformatting.

Areas covered include:

  • A summary of approaches taken by six higher education institutions
  • Developing an in-house digitisation and reformatting service
  • Creating an inclusive service
  • Recommendations for:
    • Senior management
    • Digitisation and reformatting service
    • Other departments and services
    • The Scottish higher education sector
  • Institutional case studies