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Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Committee Minutes

April 28, 2011

Members Present: Mohammad Eyadat, Farah Fisher, Shon Lee, Deborah Parham, Marion Smith, Mark Smith, Patricia Ann Wells, Jeremiah Woolsey

The meeting's action items:

  • Invite Naomi Moy of the University Library to the next meeting. The committee wants to hear more about the CSUDH eBrary and textbook affordability. Is accessibility being considered in these projects?
  • Ask Brian Lacey of the University Bookstore about the accessibility of Follett features such as RentaText and BookLook.
  • Ask Yuki DeSoto of Administrative Information Systems about PeopleSoft accessibility.

Textbook Adoption/Notification

Jeremiah recently met with Yuki, Brian, and Jim Bersig (Director, Administrative Information Systems) to discuss textbook adoption. As of last week, textbooks have been selected for only 18% of Fall 2011 classes. Reminders have been e-mailed to faculty members to do their selections. Farah points out that such an e-mail would go to full-time faculty only; the notification has to be sent to department chairs as well, since part-time faculty may have to depend upon their selections.

Brian demonstrated Follett's BookLook, eFollett Review, and other features. Master courses in Blackboard can list selected textbooks via these tools and others, such as the Library's eBrary. Master courses can benefit part-time faculty as well as full-time faculty.

A gap analysis has to be made, and business rules must be developed with deans and chairs. Farah points out that full-time faculty cannot be demanded to use a particular text. A strong suggestion can be made, though. Once a prototype is developed, it will be presented to this committee.

Farah says that e-versions of texts do not always work with our hardware, and Mohammad concurs. Requirements related to this must be included in the business process.

A new CafeScribe will be launched in the fall, and Brian will demonstrate it to the ATI Committee.

McGraw Hill is developing a tight integration to Blackboard (and is trying to become its owner). MH is offering free supplemental material. If we open a Blackboard link to MH, we need to make sure we're keeping other avenues open.

Report on Yesterday's CSU ATI Webinar

Jeremiah attended the instructional materials webinar, which was hosted by Mark Turner of the Chancellor's Office. Humboldt has been looking at Word 2010 and questions the accessibility of its forms. Note: The importance of the accessibility of Word 2010 is not limited to ATI's instructional materials focus, when one considers the number of offices, outside of Academic Affairs, that routinely use MS Office products.

The accessibility of Google Docs also came up. Jeremiah will be listening for a future rollout of Gmail and GoogleDocs for faculty and staff through frequent meetings with Danny Lujan, Director, Infrastructure Services Group.

Jeremiah indicates that accessibility has to be the primary consideration in the selection of material, though affordability is also important. What about material that's posted in eBrary? Is it reviewed for accessibility? We need to learn the business process in use there.

Mohammad asks if eFollett is accessible. He tested 100 websites for accessibility, looking at university home pages, financial aid pages, disabled student services, bookstores, and a variety of other important folders on academic websites, and many are not accessible.

The meeting ended with the statement of these action items:

  • Invite Naomi Moy of the University Library to the next meeting. The committee wants to hear more about the CSUDH eBrary and textbook affordability. Is accessibility being considered in these projects?
  • Ask Brian Lacey of the University Bookstore about the accessibility of Follett features such as RentaText and BookLook.
  • Ask Yuki DeSoto of Administrative Information Systems about PeopleSoft accessibility.

Next meeting: TBA