What I’ve learned from my first month of Bournville Village Trust digital workshops

Francis Clarke from OpenUp Digital holding ipad and Sharing digital skills with older couple at BVT digital workshop at Shenley Court

OpenUp Digital is currently working with Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to deliver a series of free digital skills and confidence workshops for local, mainly retired residents. The sessions are scheduled to run from February through to June, with participants learning a new topic every month. This month, I’ve delivered three beginners’ workshops at Shenley Court Hall. Here’s what I’ve learned so far.

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Helping blind and partially sighted users get the most out of digital communications

A Partially sighted woman sitting on sofa looking at her Android smartphone at close up

Following on from my last post, I want to share with you another project that’s been keeping me from blogging lately. For the past couple of months I’ve been working with residents at Queen Mother Gardens, a sheltered housing centre for blind and partially sighted people run by New Outlook housing association. Here’s what I’ve learned so far about helping blind and partially sighted users access digital communications.

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Optimising Groundwork UK’s online presence

Groundwork UK homepage with scene of people sitting at picnic benches in an urban environment

I’m feeling rather sheepish as I start to write this as it’s been over a month since I last updated my blog. Over the next few posts I’m going to explain what’s been keeping me from blogging and share with you some of the things I’ve learned along the way.

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Improve audience engagement with page jumps

ginger cat jumping on bed

Whenever you’re online it’s really important to think about your ‘call to action’. By that I mean  what it is you want your audience to do after they’ve read your email, blog post or social media update. Today I’d like to share with you a simple html web tip that will make it easier for readers of your content to respond to your calls to action.

To jump straight to the how-to section of this post, please click on the link below:

Choose where to jump to on your page

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Support Get Online Week and help more people benefit from the internet

Get Online Week 2016 logo with the date 17-23 October 2016

Did you know that next month is Get Online Week? Started in 2007, it’s the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign and this year the week will take place between 17 and 23 October. OpenUp Digital will be supporting Get Online Week in Birmingham (more details coming soon). If you’d like to help more people benefit from the internet, there’s still time to get involved.

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What my pet cat Zelda can teach us about improving website accessibility and search visibility

White cat sitting on flowery green travel bag

If I told you there was one simple change you can make that will help more visitors find your website, would you believe me? Today I’d like to let you know how adding descriptive information to the images you use on your website can help boost your website’s accessibility and help your content stand out in Google search results.

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