BbAlly | Accessibility in Learning@Griffith EdTech - Review and consider possibilities
Last updated on 28/10/2019
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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.
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:
- For your Cohort | Providing alternative formats for those files you have added to your Learning@Griffith Course or Organisation.
- For your build | Providing you step-by-step accessibility coaching as you build your Course content
- 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.
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.
Be part of the BbAlly revolution! Join the Trimester 3 (three) Pilot
BbAlly is in Pilot mode across Trimester 3, 2019/2020, and will be rolled out across all Learning@Griffith Courses in Trimester 1 (one), 2020.
For support materials visit the BbAlly Pilot Project Website at: https://intranet.secure.griffith.edu.au/computing/virtual-learning-environment/blackboard-ally
If you would like to get in early to become a BbAlly Champion, you can join the BbAlly Pilot by contacting your Academic Group Learning & Teaching Consultant (Design).
Visit the BbAlly Pilot Project Website
Includes BbAlly overview, and how-to resources.
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