Introductions: Greg Gay

Michael S Elledge elledge at msu.edu
Tue Jul 31 21:05:09 UTC 2007


Hey Greg--

Welcome aboard! It will be great to have you part of Fluid. You might 
want to start out by looking at the heuristics checklist we're 
developing for evaluating tools, which can be found at this url:

http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Consolidated+Checklist

Our approach (at this point) is to provide a checklist that can be used 
by non-experts to review a tool's usability, with non-technical 
accessibility aspects thrown in. This will be supplemented by a more 
technical review by a member of the team familiar with adaptive 
technology (JAWS, ZoomText, maybe Kurzweil 3000) and accessibility 
checkers (like aChecker).

Please feel free to jump right in and offer suggestions.

Mike

Greg Gay wrote:
> Hello All
>
> I'd like to introduce myself to the list. I am Greg Gay, a project
> coordinator of 10 years at the ATRC. My office is right around the
> corner from Colin's, The two main projects I currently run are the
> ATutor project, and the ATRC web accessibility evaluation and design
> services, both of which I think can bring much knowledge to this group.
>
> ATutor is an open source Learning [Content] Management System (an LMS,
> but with content authoring and management capabilities). One of its key
> strengths is accessibility, having been built from the ground up with
> accessibility in mind. A big reason why it was created comes from a
> couple studies I lead back in 99/00 which looked at the accessibility of
> popular online learning systems. The first was a technical review with
> WCAG 1 as the standard, and the second was a user study in which users
> from various disability groups participated in a 6 week online course,
> each week presented in a different LMS. All the systems at the time
> failed dismally. So, my pet project I'd started back in grad school
> (where I studied cognitive science), for delivering my own online
> course, ended up at the ATRC, and now it's used all over the world, and
> available in 30 or so languages. I could talk for hours about the design
> and intricacies of the system, but you can find out about all that
> yourself on the ATutor Web site.
>
> ATutor (http://www.atutor.ca <http://www.atutor.ca/>)
>
> Before ATutor (and still) I began running the “WebSavvy: Inclusive Web
> Design” services at the ATRC. Most of my background in Web accessibility
> has come through leading this group: designing accessible Web sites;
> performing accessibility conformance evaluations; as well as
> participation in the development of WCAG 1, and now WCAG 2. I'd be
> willing to make this expertise available to the group when accessibility
> of Fluid features is being considered.
>
> Which brings me to the main reason for joining the group. Mellon has
> requested that ATutor participate in Fluid to expose the Fluid community
> to ATutor, and to offer it as a model of accessible development
> practices in action. In particular Mellon has asked that we get involved
> with the User Experience research currently underway. We can help with
> the accessibility piece of these reviews, plus we'd like to throw ATutor
> into the mix of systems being reviewed. So, we're looking for a group to
> put ATutor through the “UX Walkthrough” process.
>
> I'll do my best to make myself available for accessiblity or LMS related
> dicussions, and follow the developing threads as time permits. As you
> might imagine, ATutor, not to mention Websavvy, is already a full time
> job. I am though, looking forward to becoming an active member of the
> Fuild community.
>
> greg
>
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