Massive Open Online Courses Landmark ADA Web Accessibility Settlement

From National Federation of the Blind - "National Federation of the Blind Applauds DOJ Settlement with edX"

What You Need to Know

  • edX is nonprofit platform that hosts Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in conjunction with universities for students around the world.
  • A complaint was made stating that their website and access to MOOCs was inaccessible to people with disabilities.
    • The complaint aledges that edX is in violation of Title III of the ADA for disability discrimination.
  • Negotiations ended in a settlement agreement.

The landmark edX settlement agreement with the Department of Justice not only requires edX to establish an accessible website, but edX mobile applications, content management system, and MOOC platform all must be made accessible to people with disabilities. All of edX's web-based content must be accessible.

In addition to upgrading their existing systems to provide accessible web based content for people with disabilities, edX will also offer guidance to the creators of the online courses that are hosted and delivered from the edX platform.

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