[games_access] Working Towards a Better SIG - Weekly Topics and SIG Meetings

Tara Tefertiller ttefertiller at igda-gasig.org
Mon Jan 10 11:23:34 EST 2011

Good morning everyone!

I hope everyone is having a great New Year! Now, we all make resolutions on
how we can improve ourselves- but what can we do to improve the SIG in this
new year?The steering committee along with our chair emeritus, have had a
discussion and have some great ideas. I wanted to take the time to share
these ideas with you, and to get your input on how to best implement them to
push the SIG forward.

1. Starting a topic of the week:*
Every week a topic would be offered as the topic of the week. These
topics would encourage thoughtful discussion, and even debate on topic's
relevant to today's gaming industry. Such as "what are the advantages and
disadvantages of the KINECT system" and "what are the advantages,
disadvantages, similarities between the new PS3 MOVE system and the Nintendo
Wii" for people with disabilities, "what are the benefits and drawbacks to
having game accessibility mandated by the government," and more interesting
People could express their opinions, share relevant news, and be
actively engaging other members of the SIG. If you have suggestions for the
topic of the week, please email me off thread so I can present it to the
steering committee.Additionally, if these discussions prove to be popular
with lots of information being filtered through them, these conversations
could be condensed and added to the website - which would boost our content
(which we currently have very little of).

*2. SIG Meetings:*
In the past, the SIG had online meetings where members could engage in
discussions with one another- we would love to bring these back. Each
meeting would have an agenda, that would be emailed out ahead of time, and
at the end a section for new business. Discussions could include short term
SIG goals, member updates, details on upcoming events, and more. Meetings
could also review the topic of the week. The transcripts from the meetings
would be posted on the website on a special meetings page - once again
boosting our content. Additionally, it would mean that anyone who missed the
meeting would still have access to all of the information discussed.
Questions that need answered about the meetings:*
What messenger service would you like to use? Popular
suggestions have been Skype and MSN.

How often would you like to have these meetings? Suggestions
have been every other week or once a month.

What day and time would you like the meetings to be? It has
been suggested that there is one meeting in the morning for Eastern (New
York) time, and one for the evening in New York time to ensure that
everyone would be able to attend regardless of their time zones.

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone takes on these ideas- and we would
love to get these going as soon as possible!

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