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: 2008-07-07

Time: 2:30 PM EDT; 1:30 PM CDT; 12:30 PM MDT; 11:30 AM PDT


  1. Update on sub-groups activities
    Report by each sup-group leader/co-leader
  2. Update on accessibility related activities at Blackboard by Stephanie Cupp
  3. BB-Design activity: tentative dates for NG beta program
  4. BB-Doc activity: Accessibility course completed; next project: tutorial on using assistive technology with BB; Accessibility help information
  5. BBWorld 2008 conference: meeting, active member recruitment, accessibility awareness with auxiliary BB vendors, user groups
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General Blackboard Accessibility Interest Group Minutes 07/07/2008
Scribe: Lori Holden

Next Meeting


  1. Stephanie Cupp, Blackboard
  2. Hadi Rangin, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  3. Allen Maynard, Hadley School for the Blind
  4. Terry Thompson, University of Washington
  5. Jon Gunderson, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  6. Kevin Price, University of Illinois at Chicago
  7. Kathy Fernandes, California State University Chico
  8. Mark Burris, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  9. Tom Jewett, California State University
  10. Don Amos, Pellissippi State Technical Community College
  11. C Todd, Meredith College
  12. Will Murray, Blackboard
  13. John Louviere, Utah State University


Sub-group activity update
  1. Design subgroup update
    • Meeting consistently on Thursday
    • Reviewing widgets from NG
    • Looking for more folks to get more diversity in collaboration
    • Stephanie feels like the group is really making great progress and feels like the group is teach Bb a lot of great stuff
    • Feels like they are really getting into usability depths – finding multiple ways to make items accessible
    • Long term goal of the group is to keep the awareness of Accessibility in other products
  2. Documentation subgroup update
    • Accomplished – Marketing course they worked on at BbWorld
    • Looking into doing quick start tutorial, wondering where it should go on Behind the Blackboard
  3. QA subgroup update
    • No plan because Bb was still working on training, etc for their new accessibility testing tool
    • Bb is training, creating test cases, figuring out what areas the tool is best applied to
  4. Testing subgroup update
    • No activity
    • Needs direction before he can get moving

General Question: Where is gradebook accessibility addressed? - Design group

Accessibility solution of Vista 4 by John Louviere

John Louviere : Sample Accessible Course in BB Vista can be found at::

Accessibility of accessibility related information

General request: Put Accessibility information in a place where it can be more easily found, in HTML on the site, not just in Behind the Blackboard. This should include contact information and resources for assistive technology

Andy Jacobson, the head of Communication Department will join us at our next general Blackboard Accessibility Teleconference in August to discuss the details on accessibility related documentation projects.

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