WCUG Meetng Minutes 2-28-2013

Meeting Agenda

Agenda Presenters
Introduction Nina Modi
Updates   Nina Modi
Accessibility Demonstration Rose Sloan
Cascade Training-Writing for The Web Jill Brazel
Q & A Nina Modi

Introduction of Attendees

Attendees were asked to:

  • Introduce themselves, including department and role
  • Provide expectations of the group meeting

Introduction to Meeting

Welcome to the group and we appreciate the participation. Our goal for these monthly group meetings is to provide training, resources, information and guidance so that each department will have all the support to maintain and enhance their websites. We encourage everyone to attend as many meetings as possible. 

WCUG Updates

  • The minutes from each our WCUG meetings are posted as a resource to you to review our discussions.
  • The Embed Content Policy has been launched. When you are considering implementing a third party resource on your site, please contact SAIT to get set up and we can determine if it is accessible, all options and ultimately the best way to fit your needs. Also keep in mind training for others in your department in case someone leaves, it will be maintainable.
  • Our Training Section has also been launched to cover Cascade, AXIS TV, RMS, and HR Computer Applications.
  • Provide feedback to Nina Modi, email address n-modi@northwestern.edu


Rose Sloan-Demonstration of ZoomText and Enlarging Screens for legally blind

Rose Sloan is a senior (SESP) and legally blind. There are several resources for her to use to view text on screens, some easier than others. She showed in depth the process she goes through trying to read content on a website.

She showed the way the mouse needs to work, even seeing the mouse by making it a color rather than the usual small arrow.

Different browsers offer different options for her to view the content on a screen.

She demonstrated how when enlarging a screen on the NU main site, content begins to blend together making it very difficult to make sense of. Going to CAESAR to view her grades she can't view radio buttons making it impossible to locate what she needs to get to. Rose offered to check sites for us if you are interested in making sure your pages are easy for her to read. Contact Alison May if you would like to have Rose look at your site.

Her takeaway suggestions are:

  • Keep your content as simple as possible.
  • Easy to find content is more important than 'pretty'
  • Word Docs are more accessible than PDF's so use both
  • Images are fine if you use captions
  • Would prefer scrolling down than across

Cascade Training

Jill briefly reviewed the important elements of Writing for the Web in context of Rose's demonstration, keeping text concise and making content as easy to get to as possible.


Name Department Attendance
Nina Modi Information Technology Yes
Chris Walker Information Technology Yes
Hao Luo Information Technology Yes
Jill Brazel Marketing Yes
Alison May Students With Disabilities Yes
Jeremy Hopkins Career Services Yes
Kelli Conkey Career Services No
Hope Wallace Center For Student Involvement Yes
Courtney Brooks Albinson Counseling And Psychological Services No
Candice Marie Grant Counseling And Psychological Services No
Chael Wright-Isak Communications And Events Planning Yes
Melissa Goldstein Dean Of Students Yes
Andress Carrasquillo Food Service No
Lopa Avant Patel Graduate Housing No
Suzie Campbell Health Promotion And Wellness No
Lesley Ann Brown Inclusion And Campus Community No
Anthony C. Kirchmeier Living Off Campus Yes
James McHaley Marketing Yes
Jessica Marie Torro Marketing Yes
Barbara Colleen Keefe Multicultural Student Affairs Yes
Daphne Nwankpa Multicultural Student Affairs Yes
Joshua McKenzie Student And Parent Programming Yes
Eric Budzynski Religious Life No
Mark D-Arienzo Residential Services Yes
Paul Hubinsky Residential Services No
Virginia Koch ResidentialServices Yes
Bernard W. Foster Saferide Yes
James R. Neumeister Student Conduct And Conflict Resolution No
Lance Watson Student Conduct And Conflict Resolution No
Jessica Lane Watson Student Engagement Yes

Adjourn Meeting

Questions contact Nina Modi:

Email: n-modi@northwestern.edu

Telephone: 847.467.2423