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Brightspace: Module Health Checks

Module Health Checks

Module health checks are undertaken by the Learning Design team to support staff in understanding where further work may be needed to ensure an excellent academic experience through the OLE, and how the Learning Design team can support. An excellent academic experience in the OLE is defined by the criteria and expectations as set out in the Brightspace standards. Modules are given a rating of “Exemplary”, “Accomplished Baseline” or “Baseline”. The health checks track tool usage, module accessibility according to WCAG, and whether the modules meet, exceed or fall short of the Baseline Standards. 

The dashboards created from these audits, enabled through Power Bi technology also provide an oversight of tools and usage across courses and schools, which will enable focussed approaches to enhancement and the promotion of technologies to make the learning, teaching, assessment and feedback experience more active, accessible and allow for assessment use which is more integrated and beyond the wit of the AI tools such as ChatGPT.  

Example data and dashboards

Meeting Brightspace Baseline Standards

The image below provides the design team with a headline view of how many modules within Brightspace meet, exceed or fall below the Brightspace standards. This kind of insight can be developed for courses, subject areas of Schools as needed. 

Percentage view of modules which meet, exceed or fall below the Brightspace baseline standards

Meeting WCAG Accessibility Regulations

The image below indicates where modules typically fail to meet the WCAG Accessibility Regulations. This view is across all modules, but can be produced at module, course, subject or School level. Many of the issues identified with accessibility can be fixed very easily, but these can have significant impact on the ability of students to fully engage with learning and to succeed. 

Areas where modules typically do not meet WCAG accessibility regulations


Diversity of assessment and Feedback

Dashboards can also be developed to illustrate the diversity of approaches to assessment and feedback. The example below illustrates this at School level, but this can also be provided at course and subject level. 

Range of assessment and feedback modes at School level