A collaborative community effort, the ATHEN Collaboration aims to improve the accessibility of Moodle. It was founded by Moodlerooms with the University of Montana and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
“To improve the accessibility/usability of Moodle, several community members have established regional collaboration groups to work together with Moodle developers, administrators, IT professionals, and other interested entities and individuals. We welcome anyone who is interested in improving the accessibility of Moodle to join this group. You don’t need to be a technical guru or accessibility expert to join; however, it is expected that you are familiar with the basics of accessibility and are willing to dedicate a few hours each month to this collaboration effort.” – Moodle Accessibility Collaboration Group.
Each regional group meets virtually at a time and date that works for the community members in that area. The regional members meet and determine areas of Moodle that they want to test and improve the accessibility for. In between meetings, the members work on testing the specific areas of Moodle and documenting any accessibility issues found. These issues are validated by other members and then reported to Moodle HQ via the Moodle tracker. If members have time, they may create fixes for the issues as recommendation to Moodle HQ to resolve the issue.
The group is calling for more members and volunteers in all regions as well as individuals to help organise and manage regional groups in Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America. If you are interested in joining please visit http://collaborate.athenpro.org/group/moodle/ to participate.