On 18 October, an international conference was held in Dublin to commemorate the anniversary of 10 years of the Irish Quality and Qualifications Agency (QQI). Attention was paid to higher education issues from the perspective of students. Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science of Ireland, stressed that a fair acquisition of qualifications and degrees is essential for assurance of higher education quality. All the interested parties have to attempt to counter contract cheating within their field of competence. The Minister stressed that the reputation of national higher education is reflected not only by its quality; the provisions of academic integrity and their effective application also become important. While giving a speech about the beginning of the Global Academic Integrity Network, he invited delegates to look deeper into the reasons why the students choose the easiest way – to cheat. The Minister encouraged providing greater support to the students so they could understand better what academic integrity is, and how to comply with it. He also urged including students into assessment of higher education quality. Minister Simon Harris finished his speech with the idea that the problems of higher education can be solved when approached jointly.
The main initiators and founders of the Global Academic Integrity Network are the QQI (Ireland), and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Australia). The organisations from the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Hungary, Zambia, and other countries were invited to join the network. Invitations were also sent to UNESCO and the Council of Europe Platform on Ethics, Transparency and Integrity in Education (ETINED).
The Office of the Ombudsperson was invited to join the Global Academic Integrity Network. The ombudswoman, Dr Loreta Tauginienė, took part in the opening event of the network. She presented a poster on the activities of the Office of the Ombudsperson in the field of administrative offences and the survey conducted by the Office of the Ombudsperson in 2021, ‘Supply of contract cheating services in Lithuania’.
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
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Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
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