The Karten Network – Overview
The Karten Network is a network of IT centres for disabled people. The centres are funded through the Ian Karten Charitable Trust, with the purpose of improving the quality of life and independence of adult people with congenital or acquired physical, cognitive, sensory, learning disabilities or mental health problems. The Karten Centres provide a supportive learning environment together with access to the latest in adaptive computer technology, and are located in a wide range of host organisations.
Blended Learning Consortium
The Blended Learning Consortium (http://blc-fe.org/) operates out of the Heart of Worcestershire College. It is a consortium of further education colleges that co-develop and build interactive e-learning content for various subjects that can range from literacy and numeracy to catering, animal care and plumbing. All the resources are dictated by a voting system amongst the member colleges.
The consortium usually charge an annual £5,000 subscription fee, which goes towards development costs, but they currently offer it for free to specialist colleges.
Whilst many of resources and courses are aimed at higher skilled students than we have at Young Epilepsy, we have had some success with adapting the consortium’s resources to suit our own needs – the consortium allows individual colleges to download and edit the content in this way. The consortium also offers discount deals on various software packages and learning platforms.
If there are any members of the network who are interested, I’m more than happy to make the necessary introductions.
Nick Tingley (email@example.com)
Information Learning Technologist
Funding update – March 2018
Trustees of the Ian Karten Charitable Trust met in March and approved funding for additional equipment at the following Karten Centres:
- Cambian Pengwern College
- Care for Veterans
- Fife College
- FitzRoy Maltings Fakenham
- Norwood Ravenswood
- RNIB College Loughborough
- Treloar's Print
We wish the successful Karten Centres well in implementing their projects and look forward to case studies in due course.
The next Trustees meeting will be held in September 2018, applications need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon on 13 July 2018. Karten Centres intending to submit an application should notify Dawn at the earliest opportunity in order that relevant guidance and support can be given.
2017 Karten Network Events
We are pleased to announce the upcoming 2017 Karten Network Events.
There will be 3 webinars to be held on:
Thursday 23 November 16.00 - 17.00
Thursday 30 November 12.30 - 13.30
Thursday 7 December 16.00 - 17.00
Each webinar will include network news, updates and a themed delivery slot with facilitated discussion. Details regarding the themes to be announced, but they will be delivered by experts in the field.
On 30 November the webinar will be streamed from Beacon one of our Karten Centres. Very kindly the CEO of Beacon Arwyn Jones and Matt Harrison, Beacon's new Technical Services Manager, have offered us the opportunity to run a Karten Network event alongside Beacon's Tech Week. This event will take place between 10.30 - 14.30 and will give delegates the opportunity to access Karten Network specific content and to experience Tech Week too. The theme for this event and webinar will be visual impairment.
Event and booking details available soon.