CETIS-TechDis Accessibility SIG Partnership Meeting

May 23, 2002

The meeting will run from 11.00 am to approximately 3.45 pm on Friday 24th May 2002 and will be held at Chancellor's Conference Centre in Manchester. It will include an introduction to CETIS, TechDis and to the IMS Accessibility Guidelines.

Please register online at http://www.techdis.ac.uk/sig/ .

The CETIS-TechDis Accessibility SIG is one of five groups established by the Centre for Educational Technology Interoperability Standards (CETIS). Its first aim is to make implementors of content and systems for learning technology in the Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) sectors aware of accessibility issues.

The SIG then aims to give guidance on accessibility to those developing or implementing learning technologies and to those creating e-learning content. It will also aim to promote communication flow between the FE and HE community and the specification producers. It will act as a discussion and dissemination forum, focusing on good practice in making learning technology accessible to all.

Accessibility issues cut across most of the IMS specifications, including Metadata, Profiles, Simple Sequencing, Learning Design and QTI. The Accessibility SIG will focus on the IMS Accessibility Guidelines, which have been produced for those involved in creating e-learning content and systems and will track issues of accessibility across the relevant IMS specifications and those of other standards bodies as appropriate.

The Partnership Meeting
The CETIS-TechDis Accessibility SIG will be formally launched at the Partnership meeting on May 24th. The aim of this meeting is to introduce the Accessibility SIG and to ascertain what is required by the FE and HE sectors in terms of accessibility for learning technology.

Who should Attend?
Accessibility issues are of importance to all those involved in developing learning technology or creating content for it. The SIG will focus on creation and implementation (i.e. on content authors and on developers) rather than on the users themselves. It will therefore be open to anyone interested in joining the SIG and attending the SIG meetings and to those interested in interoperability standards and accessibility.

Proposed SIG Activities
The Accessibility SIG will meet quarterly over an eighteen-month period. One of its key roles will be to advise on the significance and relevance of accessibility for e-learning systems. The group will also gather the requirements of the FE and HE sectors and feed them back via CETIS to the relevant standards bodies.

Workshops will be made available and materials produced for developers and content authors. It is envisaged that the website will act as a resource for items relating to accessibility and learning technology and will include details of other accessibility specifications, relevant documents and links.

Developments in Accessibility across all the relevant IMS standards will be tracked and disseminated to the UK FE and HE communities.

Proposed Schedule
10.30Registration and Coffee
11.00Introduction and Welcome
11.15Legal Requirements
11.30Introduction to CETIS
11.45Introduction to TechDIS
12.00Formal Launch of the Accessibility SIG
13.30Introduction to the IMS Accessibility Guidelines
14.15Discussion Session - Proposed SIG Activities
15.00Discussion Session - Working with Partners
15.45 End of Partnership Meeting

Further Details
There is no cost for attending the Partnership Meeting and lunch will be provided. If you would like to attend, please register online at http://www.techdis.ac.uk/sig/.