Blackboard Accessibility Interest Group

Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) and Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES)

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

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Date: 2009-02-02

Time: 2:30 PM EST; 1:30 PM CST; 12:30 PM MST; 11:30 PM PST

Agenda

  1. Presentations at Educause and Accessing Higher Grounds conferences
  2. BB version 9 is now public; providing feedback
  3. Screen reader Tutorials for BB version 8

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General Blackboard Accessibility Teleconference 02/02/2009
Scribe: Hadi Rangin

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Discussion

  1. Presentations at Educause and Accessing Higher Grounds conferences
    • Last year at AHG (Accessing Higher Grounds); well atended, well received; productive;
    • Bridging two conferences--Accessing Higher Grounds and Educause
    • more IT at educause; Educause has been involved in discussion about accesibility.
    • Planning to submit a proposal to Educause; invite BB and other vendors to raise the awareness at Educause.
    • BB confirmed participation in the panel discussion.
    • Stephanie Will be representing BB at Educause.
    • Proposal will be for main confverence proposal for Educause
    • panel discussion will be an hour session, strategicly important to get something out of it.
    • Focus on imnpact at accessibility via collaboration
    • Thinking about incentive for vendor to talk about accessibility
    • Stephanie is interested in this idea.
    • Last week Educuase said they are looking into vendor accessibility; not formalized yet.
  2. BB version 9 is now public; providing feedback
    • Left-over problems from design sub-group are recorded at the behind the blackboard but not under regular categories that testing knows. Stephanie informs Mark Buris about it.
    • BB wants to know how many participants will be working on bb-testing and how much time they are going to dedicate so BB can alocate the necessary resources to it and balance the expectations.
    • Stephanie will continue to dedicate another server (not that one bb-Design was using) for bb-testing for possible testing/evaluation.
    • Continue on improving accessibility via bb-testing sub-group.
  3. Screen reader Tutorials for BB version 8
    • screen reader tutorial will be a single html page posted at Blackboard web site. Currently, it is for version 8.x. It will be finalized and posted this week.
    • Next BB works on version 9. Send your feedback to Beth or bb-doc.
    • The easier it is to access the tutorial, the better. Stephanie and Beth will be talking to find a way for potentially posting it outside Behind the Blackboard for easier access.

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