307 Fuzzy 508: Clarifying Compliancy Requirements for eLearning Projects
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Tuesday, March 26
Management and Strategy
There is a lot of subjectivity when it comes to interpreting 508 compliance for eLearning. Although the law, originally amended to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, was enacted in 1998, the interpretation and implementation varies widely across organizations. This can cause much confusion and distress among developers and project managers as they zigzag across what can be an accessibility landmine hoping to come out whole on the other side.
Many eLearning professionals take for granted that their version of 508 compliancy is universal. However, it is not. The applicable provisions and how they are implemented in your training may be up for interpretation, resulting in a need to retrofit aspects of your training and have your budget bursting at the seams.
In this session you will explore how you can mitigate possible project disaster by asking the right questions, identifying key stakeholders, and ensuring your team is educated before disaster strikes. We will identify proven, real-world strategies to keep your eLearning project compliant and on track.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to identify key questions that will align you and your clients’ interpretations of compliancy to avoid confusion
- How to address 508 compliancy issues that may conflict with instructional standards or technical limitations
- How to explore compliancy considerations for different types of training mediums, such as traditional eLearning outputs, video, podcasts, and mobile apps.
Designers, developers, managers
Instructional Media Manager
Michelle Echevarria, instructional media center manager at JBS International, has two decades of related experience designing, developing, and managing digital media projects. She has expertise in designing and developing innovative online training for government and private-sector agencies using leading multimedia tools and comprehensive design techniques to enhance the user experience for eLearning courses. She has proficiency in adhering to standard project requirements, which include Section 508/accessibility considerations and experience communicating technical feasibility to high-level government stakeholders. Michelle has done extensive international travel to regions in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, with deep interest in emotional intelligence as it relates to leadership and communication.
Sr. Instructional Designer/Accessibility Expert
Debbie Rhodes is a senior instructional designer and Section 508 compliance/accessibility expert at JBS International. She has extensive experience collaborating with subject matter experts to apply instructional technology and adult learning theory to web-based curricula. Debbie spearheads 508 compliance awareness and best practice use for JBS projects. She executes 508 test cases, conducts 508 testing using automated and manual methods (including assistive technology such as JAWS and NVDA), provides Section 508 remediation solutions, and advises on technical and performance criteria changes under the WCAG 2.0 508 Refresh.