Hands off our MOOCS!

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a gift to the world by some of the world's best universities and teachers. With only an internet connection and browser anyone can take high quality university courses and learn for fun or career advancement. Some of the better known MOOC platforms include:

EdX, Coursera, and FutureLearn

Universities offering courses though MOOCs include The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, University of California at Berkeley, Stanford, and Cambridge University.

With over 4000 distinct courses and over 35 million students, MOOCs have quickly become a major source of knowledge for the entire world.

Enter the US Department of Justice. In applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in a way that surely Congress never intended, the DOJ has demanded that the University of California at Berkeley change their free, on-line offerings to comply with the ADA.

Here is the DOJ letter to UC Berkeley

I am sure that we are all sympathetic to the goals of the ADA, but surely it was intended to apply to commercial endeavours and not to completely free content offered as a gift to the world.

The DOJ is making MOOC providers choose between open access for all and open access for none.

Predictably, UC Berkeley is considering taking its free content off-line as an alternative to complying with the very expensive requirements of the ADA.

DOJ War on MOOCs

You can use these pages to send a message to Congress stating your opinion on DOJ's War on MOOCs.

On this page select the state or states whose Representatives and / or Senators you wish to contact. On the next page you can further refine your recipients.

On the next page you can edit the letter to be sent to your recipients. If you like it as it is, feel free to use it - but you can also click within the text and edit it to your liking. The letter will have more impact if you include your name and address.

Use the form here to select the state or states and their representatives or senators to whom you would like to express your opinion on this important issue. You can include the White House and a personal fax number as well.

After you have selected the recipients for your fax, click the Review Your Message link.

Select a State or States:


Select Officials:
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Include the Whitehouse Send copy to FAX number:
(10 digits, no leading '1')