BbWorld: Piloting the Ultra course for Blackboard Learn and engaging the community

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Gallaudet University has been looking to transition into Ultra. However, being the world’s first and only university for deaf and hard of students brings unique considerations and requirements. While all institutions are required to adhere to accessibility requirements, our university is devoted to not only being accessible, but to providing our students a truly bilingual learning environment. To that end we rely heavily on video tools. Ultimately the functionality of those tools in the Ultra environment is the key deciding factor in our decision to go forward with Ultra. Our technology department has been making a concerted effort to engage faculty in technology decision-making and the Ultra pilot seemed a good place to start. With the help of our Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) committee, made up of faculty representatives from each academic department, we developed our test protocols and procedures. We launched the pilot in January 2017 for the spring semester. Twenty-two courses from a variety of programs were selected to participate. Each course had its own unique needs. For example, one class included students who are both deaf and blind. The lecture will detail our experiences, lessons learned, and data. Attend this session to get the perspectives of faculty, system administrators, and eLearning staff.


Presenters: Shannon Augustine Marina Dzougoutov


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