Center Training Unit Advisory
Center Training Unit – De Anza
Friday, June 6, 2003
Carl Brown HTCTU, De Anza HTCTU Director present
Myra Lerch Butte
Thad Selmants Sierra College Region 2
Carolyn Fiori College
of San Mateo Region 3 present
Judy Lariviere Skyline College Region 3 present
Kathleen Allen Chabot
College Region 4 present
Laura Ingram Merced College Region 5 absent
Laurie Vasquez Santa Barbara City College Region 6 present
Lyn Clemons El
Camino College Region 7 present
Mike Bistany Irvine Valley College Region 8 resigned
Brian Brautigam Victor Valley College Region 9 present
Carl Fielden Grossmont
College Region 10 present
Peggy Tate Chancellor’s Office present
Bob Martinengo ATPC present
Carolyn Fiori, Region 3
representative and current Chairperson of the HTCTU Advisory
Committee from College of San Mateo, announced her replacement, Judy Lariviere of Skyline College starting fall, 2003.
Nominations for the new chairperson as well as a list of duties and
responsibilities of the chairperson will be posted electronically during summer.
Scanning Network (DSN)
The DSN has 16 locations up and running that are
strategically located throughout northern and southern California.
There are more than 1000 titles listed in the database and growing. A
replacement 5080C scanner was purchased by the High Tech Center Training Unit
for shipment to any of the 16 locations should equipment failure occur.
There has been a drop in enrollment for trainings in the
HTCTU. Factors include travel restrictions from colleges affected by budget
constraints and job instability.
Summer training schedules have been posted. Training
requests seem to be returning to normal levels. Almost half of all available
trainings were filled 2 days after announcement of Summer
trainings was made online. If low enrollment continues to persist during the
summer and into the fall, contingency plans are already in place to offer more
of the types of trainings which can be presented at an
offsite locations. Trainings that involve extensive hands-on will still
have to be done at the High Tech Center.
Laurie Vasquez discussed an
online training manual for JAWS and ZoomText produced by a company in New
Jersey and geared for trainers and faculty. Carl Brown
commented that he was aware of the manuals but was concerned by their expense
and frequent changes in the software for which they provide training. Laurie forwarded the sample
files from the company to Sean for further HTCTU review.
Carl Brown announced that
Career Development and Employment Program and Assistive
Center would be leaving the Hoeffler Building
where the HTCTU is currently housed and
returning to campus. For the time being,
the HTCTU will be the only occupant of the building. Carl also shared with the
committee that Martha Kanter, current De Anza
President, has accepted the position of Chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza
Community College District starting July
Committee member's were introduced
to the new HTCTU logo and web site design.
Members received T-shirts with the new logo and web site address
(www.htctu.net). Committee members also received samples of new letterhead and
In order to introduce the new logo and web site address to
marketing materials such as CD
holders, caps, mugs and T-shirts with the new logo and web site address have
been produced and will be made available
to people attending trainings at the HTCTU. The new HTCTU homepage website
design was introduced to the committee and will soon be online. .
Laurie Vasquez reported on
the Distance Education Advisory Committee (DETAC), updating advisory committee
members CVC regional centers status which includes ongoing CVC funding (waiting
for state budget allotment) and examining the realignment of core services, such
as trainings in online instruction and
hosting course management systems.
Over 35 video titles have already been captioned through the
Folsom Prison Project. Colleges are taking advantage of this resource by
submitting videos for closed captioning. Gaeir Dietrich
encouraged campuses to send in videos, complete the necessary paperwork and
provide for the cost of shipping and video tapes.
The HTCTU BrailleNote Loan Program has a total of 15 BrailleNotes, 3 of which have *GPS. The systems are presently with students and
have received excellent reviews. GPS BrailleNotes
feature navigation of points of interest based on global satellite positioning.
GPS system will be loaned to applicants based on their specific needs and
experience with the regular BrailleNote. Gaeir stressed that an orientation and
mobility specialist’s support is extremely helpful and highly recommended when
considering the request for loan of a GPS system.
Testing. How does the HTCTU choose what software and hardware to
Beta Test and what not to Beta Test?
Carl Brown explained that
the program makes these decisions based on professional judgment, generally
looking at hardware and software which seems to have the greatest potential for
improving the academic performance of students with disabilities. Gaeir
Dietrich and Sam Ogami are
currently exploring many aspects of the Daisy book standard, the national file
format and Audio Book Creation. Advance Duxbury training will be offered during
Sean Keegan discussed two
web accessibility evaluation tools: LIFT for the Dreamweaver platform and
InFocus. These products are intended for
use by Webmasters and are currently offered through the HTCTU training series.
The HTCTU provided scholarships so that 100 California
community college faculty and staff could attend an extensive, Web based
training offered by WebAim in the production of
accessible web-based resources. Training CDs are available for pre-order. Flash
training CDs will be available sometime July which will present a model set of
guidelines to be use for training college level faculty using MacroMedia Flash to deliver content.
An organization based in Austin,
Texas called Knowbility which produces
an accessibility internet rally was also reported by Sean to the committee.
This organization partners with web developers from major corporations or
companies with nonprofit organizations for the purpose of producing public
value web sites. Participants receive
two days of training on the production of accessible web sites. Participants then have three weeks in which
to work with their nonprofit partners to understand their needs. In a single 24-hour period, participants
construct their web sites. The results
are then judged for design and accessibility. De Anza plans to host the next
year’s competition sometime during the summer.
Window-Eyes training will also be offered through the
HTCTU. A Window-Eyes video will be shot
this summer with Doug Geoffrey and added to the "Tools of the Trade"
library collection as the eighth video in the series. Unlike previous videos, Window-Eyes will be
released in captioned DVD rather than VHS format. The Web Accessibility 101
series continues with the latest CD featuring an Introduction to Accessible
PDF, MagPie 2.0 Version1 as well as an overview of
A-Prompt, a free web accessibility evaluation tool. These discs will be distributed at no cost to
all California community colleges
in the late fall.
Sam Ogami, HTCTU assistive
technology trainer, demonstrated for the committee new products and
technologies previewed and introduced during the last CSUN conference. Among
them were ZoomText version 8 and Kurzweil 7 which is still under review and
will undergo tests for workability and accessibility. HTCTU is using the
network version of Kurzweil 7 which works fine with Windows XP.
During the summer, Windows XP will be installed in the
training lab and on all computers in the HTCTU offices. This transition will
include extensive testing of software applications to make certain Windows XP
is fully compatible with assistive technologies.
Sam discussed the National File Format. Based on his experience with MP3 trainings,
he feels that the Daisy application will be a convenient text navigation tool.
Sam presented several examples of the application.
Sam presented hardware examples of both the Flextalk and Victor Reader.
Sam demonstrated some of the functionality of this hardware including
the ability of the Flextalk to record meeting, class
or lecture to Daisy format, breaking it down into sections by adding chapter
breaks or page numbers then saving it to CD format. This new technology is
available at Flextalk for $995 compared to the Victor
Reader that costs $495. A CSUN CD was given to the committee, which contained
the 3 free readers, the TPB, a free downloadable Daisy reader which
unfortunately doesn’t read RFB&D books, the E-clipse
Reader and the Victor Reader. Prices for these readers range from $50 to $100.
Sam also demonstrated to the group how the TPB player works.
The ATPC completed their Program Review in May, 2003. The
Chancellor’s Office has received the first draft which will be modified based
on input from Ventura community
college and Chancellor's office recommendations. This will then be sent to Ventura
college which will be given a period of time for response. Another modified
draft will then be created based on the college input. The final draft will be
sent to the college President. The same process that was applied to the High
Tech Center Training Unit will be used with the ATPC Program Review.
discussed with the committee beta testing the ATPC has been conducting with
Acrobat 6. More features have been added according to Bob, for example a
simplified read aloud button feature. He also gave a brief summary and views on
his trip to New York last May 13
for the Association of American Publishers Conference.
Learning Disability Research Study
As follow-up to a research study proposed during the last
meeting of the advisory committee, Carl Brown
identified for the committee the membership of the Learning Disability Research
Team that will consist of Marcia Krull, Susan
Matranga, Ellen Cutler, Pauline Waathiq, Rose
Asera as the principal researcher and Carl
Brown. Based on several initial discussions, studies and
evaluations, the research team selected social science courses as the subject
area that will be used for the research. Subjects will be students with
difficulties in reading fluency since the study is about reading technology.
The research group has identified four criteria that will be used to select
students for participation in the study. Participating colleges were selected
from an overall statewide sample based on enrollment size and population
density from small size/low density to large size/very high density. Initially,
12 colleges were identified from this group as potential candidates.
Ultimately, six colleges were selected based on their size, location, ability
and willingness to participate. All data
and reports from these colleges will be kept anonymous. We are hoping to collect approximately 300
transcripts from students who meet the selection criteria. These transcripts will provide baseline data
for determining student performance in social science based courses prior to
the "treatment" of the research study.
Each of the colleges will receive a free campuswide
site license for the assistive reading technology used in the study (PDFaloud) as well as the opportunity to install the
software on the personal computers of students.
The High Tech Center Training Unit has contracted with Stacey Kayden to develop curriculum materials for the study. Learning disability specialists from each of
the six colleges will attend a one-day training on the
use of these materials. Every student
who participates in the study will receive the same training in the use of PDFaloud. Learning
disability specialist trainings will be conducted in mid-July.
All identified students will be invited to participate in
the study. Any student who can benefit
from access to PDFaloud software will also have the
opportunity to install it on their personal computer although they will not be
participating directly in the study.
During the Fall semester, students will learn
to use the software. During the spring
semester, 2004 students will continue using the software. At the end of spring, 2004, transcripts from
participating students will be again collected and sent to the High Tech Center
Training Unit for evaluation. The
research project will evaluate any differences in GPA and persistence between
students taking social science courses before and after the research intervention.
If the research study shows measurable improvement in
academic performance based on widespread availability of a reading technology,
we would hope to use this information as a mechanism through which, in
cooperation with the California community college Chancellor's office, to craft
a budget change proposal soliciting more funding for large-scale implementation
of reading technologies on California community college campuses.
Evaluating Software for Campus Use
Laurie Vasquez shared with
the committee an email she sent to a project director at the University
of Buffalo who is working with the
Oracle Student Information System. She wanted to learn more about their
experiences, feedback and suggestions regarding use of an online registration
system by students who were blind or who had mobility impairments. The University Project Director indicated
that they are using Access 101 as a training mechanism for the use of screen
reading systems or are simply reading the screen content to the students.
Laurie raised the question of how far a campus should go in
testing a third party product for 508 accessibility requirements when the
vendor through procurement, should provide a VPAT and sign a legal contract
with the campus stating they will make every effort to make the product
accessible. Discussion took place re:
different scenarios where problems can arise for the campus and the vendor if
the campus is taking responsibility for something a vendor should provide that
is a state mandate.
Myra Lerch asked for the committee’s input re: an Evaluation
Station Checklist she and Dan Keys developed at Butte
college specific to a vendor called Datatel . Discussion
continued re: who checks vendor products and the double-message sent when DSPS
checks a vendor product the campus has contracted with. Does a DSPS check mean it is O.K? Who is actually programming the product and
can make the changes for accessibility?
Is it written in the contract that when issues are found that such
changes will be part of the procurement contract, by when?
Carl Brown briefly
discussed the possibility of using third-party providers to evaluate complex
software applications for the California
community college system. He stressed
that maintaining an "arm's-length" relationship with these companies
provides a higher degree of credibility when reviewing programs such as student
registration systems, student record-keeping systems and the like. The committee discussed possible solutions.
Advisory Minutes, March
New HTCTU Web Page Sample
Learning Disability Research Study Materials
Accessibility Evaluation and Support
Size and Population Density Survey
Evaluation Station Checklist
HTCTU Summer Training Schedule
Next Meetings: October 3, 2003 Friday
6, 2004 Friday