edX Disabilities Lawsuit

EDBRIEF: edX settles Disabilities Lawsuit with U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice and MOOC platform edX announced the settlement over allegations that the courses hosted on edX were not accessible to students with disabilities.

The lawsuit with filed in February by the National Association of the Deaf, accusing Harvard and MIT to provide no or only inaccurate captions in the lecture videos hosted by edX.

Under the four-year-agreement, edX has to modify its website and mobile applications to meet industry accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Though the agreement does not explicitly address the creators of course content, edX will provide content creators with best practices, guidance and the necessary tools to develop accessible content.

The settlement does not carry a fine.

Further Reading

  • U.S. Dept. of Justice announces settlement with online course provider edX | Reuters
  • EdX to provide expanded website and platform features for learners with disabilities | edX

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  • Phillip Davis

    A stark reminder that NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. EVER.