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U.S. Justice Department Reaches Settlement with edX Regarding Access to Online Courses

A private company, edX, has agreed to make MOOCS more accessible to disabled users. MOOCS are "massive open online courses" and they used extensively in higher education these days. They're used by more than 3 million students taking 450 courses produced by more than 60 universities and institutions. The courses are free and they run the gamut from computer programming to credit risk management.

But, according to the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ), the MOOCS were difficult or impossible to use for students who have visual or hearing impairments as well as those who have limited manual dexterity -- a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. So now, edX and DOJ have reached a settlement under which the company will make its new and existing courses accessible.

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