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UC Berkeley and Justice Dept. reach agreement on online content accessibility

The Justice Department announced Monday that it’s reached a proposed settlement with the University of California, Berkeley over allegations that the free educational materials the school posts on its online learning platform have not been accessible to people with physical disabilities. According to the proposed consent decree, which needs to be approved by a federal judge, Berkeley had been posting many of the lectures it includes in its free online platform, BerkeleyX, without closed captions and transcripts for deaf users, or image descriptions for visually impaired users. Under the agreement, the university agreed to make all future and the “vast majority” of existing content accessible to users with various disabilities on all platforms. Read more.

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What's next for learning management systems?

As higher education leaders continue to dive deeper into hybrid learning experiences, training faculty on how to use learning management systems is becoming even more essential, John Baker, CEO of D2L, says on the Cutting EDge podcast. “There’s a reason why many of our big online universities have thrived during the last two years and continue to see tremendous growth,” Baker says. D2L recently launched Brightspace Creator+, a course-creation tool designed to make it easier to build online learning environments inside its proprietary learning management system. Listen to the podcast.

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