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Dr Chetz Colwell

Profile summary

  • Academic Related Staff
  • Senior LTD Manager (Accessibility)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • LTIA
  • Research Strategy and Academic Operations
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Professional biography

My role is to support OU web and software developers in making their materials accessible to students with disabilities, and to conduct research on the accessibility of new technologies.  I conduct 'expert' accessibility evaluations of web sites and module materials using a range of assistive technologies, browser settings and operating system settings.  I also conduct face to face evaluations with disabled students in the Jennie Lee labs.

I am also co-chair of the module Accessible online learning: supporting disabled students (H810) which forms part of the MA in Online and Distance Education.


Useful links

WebAIM. Web Accessibility In Mind: Tutorials and Resources, including the accessibility of PDF, HTML, captioning, Powerpoint, Javascript etc.

Jisc Techdis. The UK’s leading advisory service on technology and inclusion.




Embedding and Sustaining Inclusive Practice to Support Disabled Students in Online and Blended Learning. (2019-06-14)
Pearson, Victoria; Lister, Katharine; McPherson, Elaine; Gallen, Anne-Marie; Davies, Gareth; Colwell, Chetz; Bradshaw, Kate; Braithwaite, N St.J and Collins, Trevor
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 1, Article 4
Sonification of numerical data for education (2019-01-13)
Vines, Karen; Hughes, Chris; Alexander, Laura; Calvert, Carol; Colwell, Chetz; Holmes, Hilary; Kotecki, Claire; Parks, Kaela and Pearson, Victoria
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 34(1) (pp. 19-39)
Embedding accessibility and usability: Considerations for e-learning research and development projects (2007-09)
Cooper, Martyn; Colwell, Chetz and Jelfs, Anne
ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology, 15(3) (pp. 231-245)
Initial requirements of deaf students for video: lessons learned from an evaluation of a digital video application (2005-07)
Colwell, Chetz; Jelfs, Anne and Mallett, Elizabeth
Learning, Media and Technology, 30(2) (pp. 201-217)
Remote experiments, re-versioning and re-thinking science learning (2004-09)
Scanlon, Eileen; Colwell, Chetz; Cooper, Martyn and Di Paolo, Terry
Computers & Education, 43(1-2) (pp. 153-163)
Using remote laboratories to extend access to science and engineering (2002)
Colwell, Chetz; Scanlon, Eileen and Cooper, Martyn
Computers and Education, 38(1-3) (pp. 65-76)
Redesigning practical work: web-based remote experimentation (2003-11-13)
Colwell, Chetz; Di Paolo, Terry; Scanlon, Eileen; Cooper, Martyn; Uren, Victoria and Jelfs, Anne
In: Scanlon, Eileen and Holliman, Richard eds. Mediating science learning through information and communications technology (pp. 169-187)
ISBN : 415328322 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Computer access by visually impaired people (2002-01-30)
Colwell, Chetz and Petrie, H
In: Kent, Allen and Williams, James G eds. Encyclopedia of microcomputers
ISBN : 824727274 | Publisher : Marcel Dekker Inc | Published : New York, USA
Embedding and Sustaining Inclusive Practices in STEM (2019)
McPherson, E.; Lister, K.; Pearson, V. K.; Colwell, C.; Gallen, A. M. and Collins, T.
In : 13th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (11-13 Mar 2019, Valencia, Spain) (pp. 2717-2722)
Chris and Chetz in the Datacapture Suite with wikis, blogs and learning objects (2008)
Pegler, Chris and Colwell, Chetz
In : Computer-Assised Learning Research Group (CALRG) 29th Annual Conference (18-19 Jun 2008, Milton Keynes, UK)
A DiVA for every audience: lessons learned from the evaluation of an online digital video library (2006-05)
Mallett, Elizabeth; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes; Jelfs, Anne and Colwell, Chetz
In : Libraries Without Walls 6 (16-20 Sep 2005, Lesvos, Greece)


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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