Open Networking Lab Accessibility

There is an urgent need to enable blind and visually impaired people to gain better access to the job market. Computer networking is a promising area for employment for visually impaired people because command line software (using text only) is widely used in the workplace, and is already accessible through assistive technology such as screen readers. The Open Networking Lab Accessibility project will allow visually impaired learners to acquire basic computer networking skills through the use of accessible network simulation software. In order to achieve this, we will build upon and extend an established network simulation tool to offer an accessible interface for conducting network simulations. We will collaborate with the Royal National College for the Blind, members of the vision impaired and broader disability community, and accessibility specialists at The Open University to identify user requirements and test the new developments.

The project will carried out by the Open University Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and will be funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust.

This page is under construction – more details to be added soon about this project.



The Ufi VocTech Showcase 2019

Open Networking Lab

The annual Ufi VocTech Showcase took place on November 21, 2019 in IET London. The event showcased a wide variety of projects funded by the Ufi VocTech Trust. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest innovative vocational learning solutions and approaches helping to upskill adults across the UK. Andrew Smith and Alexander Mikroyannidis represented the Open Networking Lab and...


The Open Networking Lab launches free online course

Open Networking Lab

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The Open Networking Lab visits Ireland

Open Networking Lab

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The Open Networking Lab joins forces with the Watford UTC

Open Networking Lab

Blog post by Andrew Smith A core feature of the ONL project is our collaboration with schools, colleges and UTC’s (University Technology Colleges) who all work in the post sixteen sector. Our long term project goal is to offer this course in a format that can be used by these organisations. So, it is essential that we engage with a select group during the pilot stages. Lynne pictured centre...

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