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: 2008-09-08

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


  1. Update on sub-groups activities
  2. Update on accessibility related activities at Blackboard by Stephanie Cupp
  3. Time-line for the upcoming beta testing
  4. Follow-up with Accessibility related documentations (questions from Jon):
    • Is there any special phone number, e-mail, web service or other resources for people with assistive technology related questions or problems with using Blackboard products to contact Blackboard for solutions or reporting problems?
    • How is keyboard support documented in support resources for keyboard only users to reference?
    • How are accessibility features of Blackboard applications documented (i.e. like use of headers) so that people using assistive technologies know what to expect, rather than them trying to figure out what is available for accessibility.
    • Is there a disability support section for instructors related to extending time testing or other issues related to using Blackboard for disability related accommodations.
  5. Potential collaborative projects?
    • Improving accessibility of BB website
    • Making searching for relevant accessibility info easier at BB website
    • providing the UDP course and future Assisstive technology users tutorials project online on BB site.
    • Web-based documentation on utilizing BB built-in tools to create more accessible contents
    • Integrating accessibility in BB training workshops
  6. Slate and Accessing Higher Grounds 2008 conferences


General Blackboard Accessibility teleconference Minutes 09/08/2008
Scribe: Terry Thompson

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