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: 2008-03-03

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


  1. URL to all collaboration home pages including Blackboard Accessibility Interest Group changed; new home page at:
  2. Update on sub-groups activities
    Report by each sup-group leader/co-leader
  3. Update on accessibility related activities at Blackboard by Stephanie Cupp
  4. Minor restructuring the groups and their activities
    • Renaming bb-idea to bb-design to reflect the goal of the subgroup better
    • Focusing bb-design subgroup on new and unreleased products
    • Continuing NDA requirement for bb-design members
    • Using Blackboard server for collecting feedback on unreleased products
    • Focusing bb-testing subgroup on already released products
    • Removing NDA requirement for bb-testing members
    • Using bb-testing/Wiki environment for collecting data for potential accessibility issues
    • Mirroring issues recorded at Behind the Blackboard with the collaboration issue list
  5. Revising outstanding issues and posting them Behind the Blackboard
  6. Testing the New Grade Center
  7. Presentation at BBWorld 2008


General Blackboard Accessibility Teleconference Minutes 03/03/2008
Scribe: Alex Ku, Hadi Rangin

Next meeting


  1. Laurie Holden, Calstate
  2. Siegle,
  3. Kevin price, UIC
  4. Dar millen, Blackboard
  5. William Murray, Blackboard
  6. Jon Gunderson, UIUC
  7. Phil Kragnes, UMN
  8. Don Amos, Pellissippi
  9. Nicaise Dogbo, UNR
  10. Mark Burris, UALR
  11. Kostas yfantis, UIUC
  12. Ella Herz, Blackboard
  13. Alex Ku, Blackboard
  14. Wayne Dick, CSULB
  15. Hadi Rangin, UIUC


A lot of communication behind the scenes

Reports from subgroups
Testing subgroup
Blackboard doc subgroup
Blackboard QA subgroup

Ella (Blackboard)

  1. Manual Testing per week with guideline implemented
    • Guideline has been put in place
    • Testing of every pages
    • Will Murray is the point person on AX guidelines Engineering follows
    • Not usability testing, but tech level testing
  2. Policy Tester
    • Blackboard just got training on this
    • Goes through every page on 508, WCAG
    • Provide feedback on what's wrong, and what std's been missed and in what way
    • Have yet to figure out what to do with that tool yet
    • "Testing perspective, people have variety of tool they use to test AX. We might be reporting information differently"
    • If testing by one person tested and Bb can't reproduce it with their tool
    • How can people communicate effectively the issues and reproduce it effectively
Existing UIUC Bb webpage
Testing the Grade Center
Presentation at Bb World 2008
Action Item
  1. Grade Center meeting
  2. Mark come up with Template. Replicate the reporting function so when people submit information they can be sent over easily

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