The Moodle Accessibility Collaboration Group, MACG, is a monthly effort from Moodlers interested in improving the accessibility and usability of the LMS with visible results. Moodlerooms’ magazine E-Learn features an interview with Marlene Zentz, Senior Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist at the University of Missouri. Her work with Mizzou includes being a liaison between MACG and UMOnline, the univesity’s home Moodle.
Zentz reports on the usability improvements they enjoy after they implemented Moodlerooms. Most of them are the result of “born accessible” theme “Snap”, Moodlerooms’ default and one among Moodle’s favorites. (Snap is Open Source.) Moodlerooms makes sure Snap is constantly fixing and improving, to be as responsive and intuitive as possible for anyone.
UMOnline is not a passive UX consumer. The participation of Mizzou in MACG, dating to the Group creation, has influenced the accessibility of Snap. Often she has worked with Moodlerooms directly, performing usability tests and providing “usability perspective“. Zentz counts users of assistive technology in her team, who access Moodle through special devices and technologies and provide valuable input.
Mizzou has also played a role in the growth of MACG to a global assembly of individuals and universities. They also started the Montana Accessibility Interest Group in 2013 which links regional and national efforts with the advice of accessibility experts through virtual conferences.