Time: 2:30 PM EDT; 1:30 PM CDT; 12:30 MDT; 11:30 PM PDT
- Update on the letter to Blackboard
- Date and tenetive agenda for proposed on-site visit/training in D.C. in August
- Accessibility at Support and Product management groups; two new members from Blackboard:
- Jason Minkoff, Client Support Manager
- Stephanie Cupp, Product/User Experience Manager
- Update on who from QA department can join our collaboration group
- ARIA training workshop offered by Jon at UIUC
- BBWorld 2007, July 10-12, Boston Massachusetts, Hynes Convention Center
- Questions/concerns to be discussed with Support teams
- Update on merging Blackboard and WebCT Accessibility Working Groups
Minutes Blackboard/WebCT Accessibility Interest Group 06/04/2007
Scribe: Jon Gunderson
- Date: Monday June 18 2007
- Time: 2:30 PM EDT; 1:30 PM CDT; 12:30 PM MDT; 11:30 AM PDT
- Phone: 217 265-8030
- Scribe: TBD
- Hadi Rangin, UIUC
- Terry Thompson, University of Washington
- Kevin Price, UIC
- Stephanie Cupp, Blackboard
- Jane Fredrick, Waterloo
- Sue Turner, Waterloo
- Lisa Fiedor, NCSU
- Saroj Primlani, NCSU
- Jon Gunderson, UIUC
- Scott Whitmore, Blackboard
- Konstantinos Yfantis, UIUC
- David Schwarte, Purdue
- Philip Kragnes, University of Minnesota
- Sarah Horton, Darthmouth
SC: What is goal of this group?
JG: Discussed the goals in the letters.
SC: I am very excited about the possibilities.
JF: This is right on with what we are concerned about
TT: Presentation exercise?
SC: Which person was working group
HR: Jon G and myself
TT: The PP group on grade book
SC: We currently have PDP, but there are some people coming to Blackboard to do some training, in development, Q&A and program managers. How to use assistive technologies. There are no dates right now.
HR: We are pretty much agreed in early august.
SC: The ball is our court and probably in early August
HR: Is Jason here?
SC: I guess he couldn't make it
HR: Do you have any update on QA department joining us
SC: We are going to keep it in the usability group for right now, so we don't have a person identified in QA right now, probably after training.
HR: We have been working on this for many months. It seems that ideas are getting lost. We made a lot of progress with ebCT. The demo server doesn't seem to have the features we see in Vista 4. So we are behind again.
SC: The demo server was traditional blackboard product.
HR: It is for grade book
SC: The version that you are looking at, the features will not be removed from Vista
HR: I hope this is not the case, but it would be sad if the feature are lost
SC: This is absolutely not happening, we are trying to bring the best of both products together
SC: We want to leverage the accessibility features of WebCT into new products
TT: I have access to the same environment and it looks like an empty shell for only the grade book stuff. This is not a Blackboard full wokring product, there are problems getting to the grade book functions.
SC: We want to include all the current Vista 4 accessibility features
HR: Has Scott finalized trip to Web 2.0 training at UIUC?
SC: Yes, I pretty sure that he is attending
HR: I think he said he has approval, looking for accommodations
HR: I am going to BB2007 conference in Boston
HR: Is anyone else going to BB2007?
SC: Are the papers going to be available for us to read?
HR: I am not sure about changing the paper, when it is finalized I can share it.
HR: WebCT 2005 meeting we had a turning point, we met with one of the project manager, and we asked her to login without using a mouse. That was the turning point of her to understand the magnitude of the problem. This made the problem very concrete. I was wondering if I could meet with product managers at BB2007?
SC: That is a wonderful idea, I am the point person this in product management. I am advocating for as much resources that are needed. We will have the entire product management team at the training in August. I will be able to introduce you to them at BB 2007. When it gets closer to the conference we can schedule time to bring you to their presentations and the booth.
HR: Is there a bird of a feature session?
SC: I will check into it.
HR: I had some question for Scott about support resources.
HR: Update on merging WebCT and Blackboard accessibility groups
What I have done is merged the mailing list into the blackboard list. I will block the WebCT list from being used.
I updated 51 names and affilations. There are a few names that I am not sure who they are, could people go to the website and see if you know any of the people.
We have a archive link to the old issues list. The merge is not complete and it is still in progress. I labeled all of the teleconference this year to be Blackboard.
JG: What has Waterloo been doing for accessibility?
JF: We have a number of problems with assessment modules and they seem to getting worse. We are very close to the local school for the blind and have a lot of JAWS users. We are particularly interested in JAWS compatibility.
HR: Have you much contact with Blackboard?
JF: We have tried through our technology people, but there are lots of other issues, but our issues seem to be getting lost.
HR: We need to have someone from the support team.
SC: One thing is happening in the UK, that things get lost in the translation from one group to another
SC: We are looking for a way for groups like this to report problems
SF: I don;t think our IT group would have a problem with it
TT: I think it would be critical for the information being integrated, normally accessibility is not highly rated
HR: At the other end we need the infrastructure to listen to the product, sometimes things are labeled feature enhancement, when we think it is a bug.
SC: That is my goal, sometimes knowledge is lost between departments, we want to close the gaps. If something doesn't work for someone with a disability that is a bug.
HR: I worked with Adrian on forming the group.
SC: I will connect with Adrian
JG: We need to make sure accessibility is part of design
HR: We are working with EBSCO and they are very proactive about accessibility
HR: They are integrating the coding practices are part of the internal design documents
- Please contact Hadi Rangin (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested to work to be included in any of the collaboration groups.