Section 508 has been refreshed, and as of January 2017 the requirements of WCAG have become mandatory. Institutions of higher learning are subject to ADA requirements, and must be mindful of how these requirements impact digital learning. ADA compliance is not only mandatory, it provides the best learning experience for all students. Everyone who creates and distributes digital content must be aware of the ADA considerations and best practices. In this roundtable discussion, participants are encouraged to bring their challenges and solutions for addressing accessibility in online instruction. The focus will be on developing and sharing effective processes for training and implementation of the standards as they apply to text, images, documents, and digital media. Participants will identify relevant WCAG 2.0 standards that apply to distance education, discuss challenges related to implementing ADA standards for online education and digital media, and identify processes and solutions to address and overcome challenges of accessibility in online education.
Topic Area(s): Accessible & Inclusive Technologies; Digital Learning Resources; Diversity & Inclusion; Effective Teaching Practices; Online Administration & Management; Online & Hybrid Learning; Quality Design in Teaching
Martin LaGrow has been instrumental in developing online programs for colleges from Harvard University to Guam Community College. LaGrow has served clients with an academic focus and technological know-how, identifying and proactively solving problems, and recognizing areas for opportunity. He has recently been published twice in the Educause Review in the area of academic accessibility issues.