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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Teleconference Details

Date: 2009-03-02

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

Agenda

  1. Redefine the role of BB-Doc and BB-Testing sub-groups
  2. Possible collaboration between BB-Doc and BB-Testing on selected projects
  3. Bringing more active members on board of BB-Doc and BB-Testing
  4. Integrating Best Practices for creating universlaly accessible courses in the mainstream Best Practices
  5. Documenting accessibility features in BB version 9

Minutes

General Blackboard Accessibility Teleconference 03/02/2009
Scribe: Cheryl Todd and Hadi Rangin

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Discussion

  1. Redefine the role of BB-Doc and BB-Testing sub-groups
    • The role of bb-doc will continue to be a resource for BB community as far as accessibility goes.
    • BB-Doc wiki page will have links to all accessibility resources including those created by BB.
    • BB-Doc wiki page needs to b updated. Empty or abandon projects needs to be removed.
    • BB-Doc should be a central resource for all BB accessibility related matters.
    • BB-Testing will continue to identify accessibility issues with existing BB products, record them Behind the Blackboard, and work with BB on potential solutions.
  2. Possible collaboration between BB-Doc and BB-Testing on selected projects
    • We discussed about possible collaboration between BB-Doc and BB-Testing on collaborating with each other on projects like WYNN literacy software with Blackboard-Initial Testing.
    • It was suggested that members of bb-doc and bb-testing group together improve such documentation. Participants generally agreed.
  3. Bringing more active members on board of BB-Doc and BB-Testing
    • We discussed how to get folks committed to the various committees and what those committees should be responsible for.
    • We talked about getting a type of "commitment contract" from those who sign up for these committees, with hopes that they will take their participation more seriously.
    • Hadi and sub-group leaders should send e-mails to the general list and invite/encourage members to join at least one of the sub-groups.
  4. Integrating Best Practices for creating universlaly accessible courses in the mainstream Best Practices
    • We had a discussion on establishing a committee lead by BB focusing on creating best practices.
    • BB does not see its role to be involved in the pedagogical application of BB, however, they would be interested in the process.
  5. Documenting accessibility features in BB version 9
    • BB has begun working on the screen reader tutorial for version 9. they are expecting to have the first version mid March.
    • They find the idea of having a document where all the accessibility features of version 9 is listed for various disability groups but they don't have any immediate plan to do it.
    • We also discuss posting accessibility related materials produced by BB in a generally more accessible area, e.g. under not Behind the Blackboard where user would need an account to access the materials. BB is going to work on it.

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