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: 2007-11-12

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


  1. Update on sub-groups activities
    Report by each sup-group leader/co-leader
  2. Goals and milestones for each sub-group
    Leaders/co-leaders: please prepare a brief description of the sub-group's goal and deliverables
  3. Use of Wiki to centralize members' feedback & documentations


General Blackboard Accessibility Teleconference Minutes 11/12/2007
Scribe: Niles Bisping, Hadi Rangin

Next meeting

  • Date: Monday December 3, 2007
  • Time: 1:30 PM Central time
  • phone: 217 265-8030


  1. Niles Bisping (Scribe), Capella University
  2. Allen Maynard, Hadley School
  3. Andre Lukatsky, Hadley School
  4. Kevin Price, University of Illinois at Chicago
  5. wai-leng wong, Australian Catholic University
  6. Terry Thompson, The University of Washington
  7. Alex Ku, Blackboard
  8. Ella Hirz, Blackboard
  9. Jon Gunderson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  10. Hadi Rangin, university of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  11. Laurie Harrison, University of Toronto
  12. Saroj Primlani, North Carolina State University
  13. Lisa Fiedor, North Carolina State University


1. Update on sub-groups activities

Report by each sup-group leader/co-leader

  • Idea subgroup: In order to join this subgroup you will need to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The group is setup and will be consulted by Blackboard for new idea/technologies. So far no meetings.
  • Testing subgroup: Testing is up and coming. The testing subgroup is currently looking at the grade center
  • Q.A. subgroup: The Q.A. subgroup is working on strategies to incorporate accessibility testing into software test plans
  • Documentation subgroup: The Documentation subgroup is in the process of putting content up on the Wiki environment. Blackboard will add also their accessibility related contents there. Once enough resources are put there, then the group will revise them and compile 4 types of documentations.

2. Goals and milestones for each sub-group

  • Best practices for testing
  • Usability testing must include accessibility testing.
  • Functional testing should also include accessibility testing.
  • Conformance testing must include testing to ensure the software complies to Federal accessibility requirements and guidelines.
3. Use of Wiki to centralize members' feedback & documentations

Subgroups are in process of building Wiki for their activities. The links to each subgroup Wiki is available from the collaboration page at

4. Additional discussions
  • Discussion of the goals for each of the subgroups
  • Discussion of the need for a more formalized testing process in order to address the gaps in knowledge from one team to another as well as from one team member to another.

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