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UC Berkeley Aims to Improve Online Accessibility

Magazine article University Business

UC Berkeley Aims to Improve Online Accessibility

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In a move that will ultimately bring its public online content in line with new federal accessibility standards, the University of California, Berkeley has begun removing older videos and other documents that don't meet the mark.

Previously, the school had made more than 20,000 videos, audio recordings and documents publicly accessible through platforms including YouTube, iTunesU and its own webcast.berkeley. edu site.

The cleanup comes after a Department of Justice ruling in January that public online content should meet higher accessibility standards as outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as a condition of remaining publicly available. Section 508 mandates that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by federal agencies be accessible to people with disabilities. Although not required to, many higher ed institutions choose to comply with the act as well.

In March the school suspended access to iTunesU courses, and also began moving older, noncompliant classroom lectures and other content from its YouTube channel to a new login-required channel. …

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