2021 Virtual Session Series

Join the Continuing Professional Development Division’s Virtual Session Series! 

The Continuing Professional Development Division (CPDD) will miss connecting in-person at the 2021 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration, but we can still connect virtually! The Special Interest Group (SIG) leaders for the CPDD will host a series of virtual sessions, addressing a variety of challenges and opportunities faced by our institutions and organizations.

Sessions are free and open to the public! Each session will be held on the last Friday of each month, with sessions planned from February  – June 2021. Sessions will start at 12:00 pm (EST)  and will run approximately 60-90 minutes. Please mark your calendars and register for sessions as details are updated.

We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues via Zoom for the first session on February 26th at 12:00 pm (EST).

Introduction to 508 and Media Accessibility

Session Date and Time: Friday, February 26th at 12:00pm (EST)

Hosting Special Interest Group: Delivery – Members from education and industry interested in the technical issues associated with the development and delivery of distributed/distance learning programs.

Session Description:

Introduction to 508 and Media Accessibility

Section 508 of the United States Rehabilitation Act of 1973 extends protections for individuals with disabilities.  Coupled with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 ensures Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are accessible to people with disabilities, including websites, software and documents, and media.  This session will introduce Section 508 and focus on accessibility for media commonly used in distance/remote education such as videoconferencing, live video streaming, and asynchronous video.  Includes time for questions and answers (please submit prepared questions in advance, if you have any).


Kathy Eng is a Senior ICT Accessibility Specialist with the US Access Board and has worked in the federal accessibility community for over 20 years. Her accessibility career began in assistive technology accommodations with just a sprinkle of Section 508 and has evolved to almost entirely focused on Section 508 in the last 10 years. Kathy collaborates on interagency Section 508 guidance and is the co-chair of the Best Practices subcommittee of the Federal CIO Accessibility Community of Practice.

Session Registration (No Cost!): https://umd-engr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y02edPNmRzutgXj0XkoKSA

Please “Save the Date” for our upcoming virtual sessions!

Date Session Topic and Link to Register Special Interest Group and Session Lead
2/26/2021 Introduction to 508 and Media Accessibility Ron Fitch- Delivery SIG Lead
University of Minnesota
3/26/2021 Details Coming Soon! Greg Ruff – Administrative Lead
Auburn University (Retired)
4/30/2021 Details Coming Soon! Doug Ernie – Faculty SIG Lead
University of Minnesota
5/28/2021 Details Coming Soon! Candace Teixeira  – International SIG Lead
University of Southern California
6/25/2021 Details Coming Soon! Meghan Balding  – Marketing SIG Lead
University of Southern California