In an announcement that shocked many people, the University of California, Berkeley, announced it may eliminate free online content rather than comply with a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the free content accessible to those with disabilities.
The material in question involves courses provided by Berkeley through the edX platform for online courses and videos on YouTube and iTunes University.
The Department of Justice found much of Berkeley’s online material is in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires colleges to make their offerings accessible to people with disabilities.
Should Berkeley have to comply with the ADA if the content in question is free? What do you think?
Thanks to Scott Jaschik for writing an article that was the basis for this post; Inside Higher Ed for committing its resources to the article; Google for helping me find the article; and all the people who, directly or indirectly made it possible to include the picture, text, and links in this post.