Tuesday, March 14, 2017

‘No Plans’ to Delete Free Content - Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed

The recent decision by the University of California, Berkeley, to restrict public access to free online educational content has raised questions about whether other colleges and universities will do the same to avoid legal action. Disability rights groups have been open about continuing to take the legal route to ensure that institutions don’t discriminate against students with disabilities. Inside Higher Ed asked several universities that offer free online courses and other educational content if they are considering following in Berkeley’s footsteps. The institutions that did respond were unanimous in their responses: they will continue to offer publicly available content. It is unclear whether the Justice Department will take as active a role in accessibility lawsuits under President Trump. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/03/14/after-uc-berkeley-announcement-universities-say-they-will-continue-offer-free

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