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Agenda & Notes - Accessibility/Usability of IT Coordinating Group (Coordinating Group)

May 28, 2015, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Center, Graaskamp Rm

  1. Agenda Review

    Notes from previous meeting. Please send comments, corrections to Gary

  2. Phase I Task Force update (from members who are on both teams)
    See notes from the May 14 and  May 28 meetings.   

    1. Review TOS (drafted by Phil, already reviewed by Task Force)

    2. Review names, URL's, etc. (drafted by Phil, already reviewed by Task Force)

      Action: See Tools Team 5/28 notes.
    3. Managing transition from Phase I Task Force activity (ending in July) to ongoing Coordinating Group activity.


      • Tools team finishes up, end of June, mid-July at latest. Coordinating Group picks up from there.

      • Phil will come to the July Coordinating Group meetings. After that will atend as needed.

      • The DoIT accessibility page needs some work on organization. 

      • Add to next agenda: How the DoIT accessibility page is organized. Who  coordinates it.

    4. Determine training plan for SSB Bart offered training sessions  (Matt)
      • Date of clean recording?
      • How many training sessions are left (after using one for the clean recording)? How to use them?
      Action: Deferred.

  3. Planning for furture activity
    See also revised Phase I Project page: Accessible Development and Publishing Phase I Project

    From Apr 30 notes:
    • Coordinating Group decided to focus on process improvement to "get it right the first time".
    • Start with Phase I. (See list in Apr 30 agenda for what that means.)
      • Gary will revise the Phased implementation document and the Phase I project page.While Phase I is in progress, discuss how to move people to want to "get it right the first time".  Some thoughts:
      • Observation: People tend to be resistant because they believe they already know how.
      • How do we get people to decide that they want to build accessibility into their process?
      • Idea: People are motived for different reasons.
        • Articulate a sizable list of reasons why one might want to do it.
        • Suggest that if some of those reasons resonant with you, those are your reasons for building accessiblity into your process.
      • Idea: Possible brown bag: bring in developers  to talk about their process
      • Idea: Voluntary certification progrem.
      • Observation: How we talk about process change will be important:
        • avoid criticizing existing process
        • don't label people as non-tech or non-developer


    • The group liked the Accessible Development and Publishing Phase I Project page.
    • Gary will treat the phased implementation plan document as the charter of the Phase I task force (documetn is now out-of-date.) We'll use the project page as the description of the remainder of Phase I.

  4. Check in on other open action items:

    1. Commitee membership (Todd)
      • Options for short, middle, and longer-term sustainability of the committee
      • Concerns raised by tools team members about the duration of service
      • Nature of a volunteer based group
      • Campus need for a sustained and cohesive effort
      • Unknown future of new positions
    2. Captioning Contract (Sandi Arendalkowski, Todd Schwanke)

      • What are next steps?

      • What can the committee contribute?

    3. Guidelines documents (Gary)
      Documents are in the KB and are formtted. Some edits remain 2do.
    4. Accessibility policy revisions (Gary).
      See: Draft revision.
      Cover letter to sponsors drafted.
    5. Online course accessibility policies (Todd)
      • Receiving regular questions about what the policy is related to online courses and interpretations of the web policy
      • Dealing more directly with what should be done proactively vs. as an accommodation, and with what is practical or not.
    6. Enhanced voiceover PowerPoints (Todd)
      • What tools are in this space?  - Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, others
      • How can a tool be identified that meets the needs/preferences of designers, instructors, students (including those with disabilities)
      • Determine what can be done to move ahead in this critical area
  5. Upcoming agenda items
    See "On Deck Items", "Future Agenda Items" below.

On-deck Items

  • Process for (a) responding to complaints and (b) getting campus resources to units if necessary in order to respond effectively.
        See Dec 4, Jan 8 and Jan 22 notes for more detail.

  • Purchasing - Accessibility requirements for purchased software

  • See "Check in on open action items" for more on deck items.

Future agenda items:

  • Get more info on new Executive Committee meeting (invite Chris Holsman to a meeting?) (12/4 note: Check with Phyllis on this item.)

  • How to communicate our progress to faculty.

    • One way might be to work through the Equity and Diversity Committees that are advisory to deans and are composed of faculty and staff.

    • Accessibility and diversity are related, followup (suggested at May 1, 2014 meeting). Note: we made brief contact with Hazel Symonette at the T&LS on May 19.

  • Accessibility of email. (Campus Communicators have discussed this, see 10/30 notes.)
  • Go over the implications of the new Wisconsin law on accessibile educational materials in higher education (suggested at April 17, 2014 meeting)
  • Brainstorm how to build awareness of instructional content accessibility (suggested at May 29 meeting)
  • Brainstorm "Resources to help developers and content providers to incorporate accessibility into their existing processes" (suggested at March 6, 2014 meeting)

Future dates:

  • Report to the sponsors – June 30, 2015.
  • Report to the sponsors – September 30, 2015.
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month – October, 2015, see 
  • Possible IT Policy Forum participation – October or November 2015.
  • Accessing Higher Ground conference – Nov 2015 (will be the week before Thanksgiving), see: 
  • Report to the sponsors – December 31, 2015. 
  • Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) annual meeting – January 2016, see: 
  • Workshop sponsored by the Coordinating Group – Tentatively: March 3, 2016 
  • Report to the sponsors – March 31, 2016.
  • Showcase –  April 2016
  • Teaching and Learning Symposium – May 2016

Furture meetings:

  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-09-11, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-09-28, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-10-12, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-10-26, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-11-09, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-11-23, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-12-14, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm
  • Coordinating Group Meeting 2017-12-28, 11:00-12:00, McBurney Graaskamp Rm (tentative) *
  • Coordinating Group Meetings

* Tentative meeting on Dec 28, between the holidays.

Coordinating Group members:

Sandi ArendalkowskiDoIT MarketingSteven BoldtDCSGary De CluteCIO Office
Brendon DybdahlHousingApril EbacherDoIT ADIRyan EngelLSS
Matt GoinsDoIT PTEAndy GoldsteinDoIT ATLaura GradyDoIT Marketing
Jamie GutkowskiDoIT ADIJohn HareDoIT EIS  
Jini JastiLaw SchoolHaley KerkhoffDCSAl NemecCALS
Jessie NemecLibraries

Casey Schacher

LibrariesTodd Schwanke, (co-chair)McBurney Center
James SkempBusinessGarrett SmithDoIT ATPhyllis TreigeDoIT Marketing
Nick WeaverUniv. MarketingPeter Weil (co-chair)Univ. Marketing  
Also attendingUnitAlso attendingUnitAlso attendingUnit
Phil JochimsenDoIT EISLee KonradLibraries  
vacant, (sponsor)CIO OfficeCathy Trueba, (sponsor)Office of Compliance  





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