Fuzzy 508: Clarifying Compliancy Requirements for eLearning Projects

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 26, 2019

Michelle Echevarria

Instructional Media Manager
JBS International

Debbie Rhodes

Sr. Instructional Designer/Accessibility Expert
JBS International

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.

Target audience:

Designers, developers, managers   


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