Our Aims and Objectives
We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issuesFind Out More
28 June – 2 July 2021: Online Conference at UEA
COVID19, climate change, populism, demands for racial justice and the rise of new powers are among the themes that will be explored.
Capacities for vision, hearing and sustained interaction in large crowds vary between people, and wax and wane for each of us from hour to hour and over the course of our lives. Conference participants are encouraged to follow these common accessibility guidelines, so as to make their presentation and other activities within the conference as accessible as possible. Besides ensuring all colleagues are equally supported in their desire to participate, maximizing the accessibility of presentations and discussions helps reach a wider academic audience. Recognising the diversity of experiences, we accept that you may need to interpret/ignore these guidelines, in interest of your own health.
When registering for the conference, please state any accessibility needs/requests in the registration form, so we can follow-up and work toward making conferences more welcoming to scholars with accessibility needs (and host universities more aware of accessibility issues). If you need assistance during the conference, please contact NomadIT in advance ideally and any time during the event. Our contact details are always provided in our final email to delegates prior to the conference. We will do our best to assist delegates, however we may not be able to provide all services or equipment due to availability or the time required to obtain them. If a safety or other concern arises during the conference, please inform the NomadIT team as soon as possible.
Best practice for all virtual conference delegates
State your name and institution each time you speak. Avoid using derogatory language, which includes language expressing ableism, racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, etc. See our acceptable behaviour policy.
Best practice for convenors
Convenors can greatly influence the behavior of panelists and help make a session as accessible as possible:
1. When beginning a session, please share the following information aloud with audience members
2. Notify participants if you plan to record (ahead of time).
3. Pause regularly to ensure all (remote) attendees have a chance to speak; check for questions across both chat and audio channels.
4. Establish a procedure for turn-taking and questions at the beginning of the session, and clearly inform all participants of the procedure. Ensure this includes options that are accessible to those using captioning, translation services or screen readers.
Best practice for presenters
A presentation created with universal design principles considers a broad range of audience members, including those with varying language proficiencies, gender, racial and ethnic background, age, and disability status. Applying universal design principles can lead to a presentation that creates better comprehension, as well as better feedback and discussion. These recommendations are especially important for presentations online where the audience are utilising a range of screen sizes.
Principles for slide design
If you wish to provide handouts, they should be 16- to 18-point font size. Bring with you a few print copies and a digital copy (and/or provide the URL of where a delegate could locate this). Feel free to add a disclaimer: “Please do not distribute without the expressed permission of the author” and include your name and contact information.
Recommendations for presenting
If utilising video in your presentation, where possible, use videos with captions to ensure that all audience members can engage with the content shared through the video.
You can record your presentation and then either type in the captions or use a service offering captioning, (of which Otter.ai is both free and very capable) to generate a transcript you can edit. Then enter these into your video editing software; or upload your video to YouTube and either use the automatic closed captioning there (which can be manually edited) or then through the Subtitles menu, upload your transcript and YouTube will apply the relevant timings – see this instructional video.
An alternative presentation model
Provision of an alternative presentation model (for example prerecorded and captioned, large font printouts/file etc) besides the more common PowerPoint presentation is appreciated by people for many reasons, including language fluency, learning style, and personal preference. Please consider making this available for delegates. Remember recorded presentations on YouTube/Vimeo can be made available (embedded) on the panel/paper page of the website.