BbAlly | Accessibility in Learning@Griffith EdTech - Review and consider possibilities

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BbAlly | Accessibility in Learning@Griffith
BbAlly visual of alternative formats and platforms

Description

BbAlly is an embedded tool within Learning@Griffith designed to help you provide the most accessible and inclusive online learning environment (content) for your Cohorts.

Overview

Introducing BbAlly at Griffith University 
Interview with Dr Jon Scott (Blackboard), August 2019, Griffith University

How does BbAlly work?

BbAlly works in three ways to enhance inclusivity and accessibility in your Learning@Griffith Course or Organisation:

  1. For your Cohort | Providing alternative formats for those files you have added to your Learning@Griffith Course or Organisation.
  2. For your build | Providing you step-by-step accessibility coaching as you build your Course content
  3. For legacy courses | Providing you a Full Course Report, allowing you to overhaul a copied or legacy Course to enhanced standards of accessibility

Will my students know I'm using BbAlly?

No.  Nobody but those with Control Panel access in L@G (Teaching Team etc.) will see your BbAlly indicators.  Your students will benefit on the 'front-end' with automatic file conversions to assist flexibility, inclusion and content engagement.  

Considerations

Why is BbAlly such an important component of the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)?

Griffith University is commited to the principles of Universal Design, underpinning the application of 'Universal Design for Learning' through our learning experiences, and extending to inclusiveness in the VLE.   These are articulated specifically via the following standards:

  • CDS 5: Learner Enabling Design
  • CDS 6: Digitally - enabled Learning

How do I know if BbAlly is enough to cater for my Cohort or special requirements?

The principles of Universal Design allow for broad accessibility meeting the requirements for many; however, there will always be cases where students require more. If a student has self-nominated, your Course Convenor will receive notice and arrangements will be accommodated often in partnership with Disability Services or similar services.  Often however, students don't always self-nominate.  As a fail-safe, it is always good to provide options for your students to 'let you know' as the course progresses.  

Implement

For support materials visit the Using Learning@Griffith BbAlly page at: https://intranet.secure.griffith.edu.au/computing/using-learning-at-griffith/staff/administration/blackboard-ally

Support Resources

Contributed by

  • Learning Futures
    Sheila McCarthy

Licence

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Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

The Griffith material on this web page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). This licence does not extend to any underlying software, nor any non-Griffith images used under permission or commercial licence (as indicated). Materials linked to from this web page are subject to separate copyright conditions.

Preferred Citation

Learning Futures (2020). BbAlly | Accessibility in Learning@Griffith. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/9110/view