Berkeley videos still available
Quote from the link:
"Berkeley removed the videos because of a lawsuit brought by two students from another university under the Americans with Disabilities Act."
Ok, what is going on here? Did Berkeley not text the videos or make transcripts available or what?
The cool thing about FOSS is that if somebody complains, then they are free to do something about it. Here it's the other way around. Someone files a complaint, and are in their good right to release an avalanche of work onto their fellow man.
The videos have subtitles, the complaint was there were inaccuracies and some of the diagrams weren't very good. This was from a teacher who was not deaf and had no deaf students.
There is a theory that MOOCs financially threaten colleges like this one so they are trying to shut down the access.
Recently I checked out how much (or little) Coursera passed on to the content creates.
When and if money does come in, the universities will get 6 to 15 percent of the revenue, depending on how long they offer the course (and thus how long Coursera has to profit from it). The institutions will also get 20 percent of the gross profits, after accounting for costs and previous revenue paid. That means the company gets the vast majority of the cash flow.
The content creators get almost nothing, while Coursera zips the majority of revenue from other peoples work, for what is essentially a gloryfied tube site.
"This was from a teacher who was not deaf and had no deaf students."
She was deaf and had deaf students but not blind students, but she wanted compliance with blind regulations which require costly detailed descriptions of charts and graphs be added. She said this was because she wanted to use the Berkeley classes for her own classes since that was easier for her than preparing her own materials. Also, she's not even a real professor, but just a grad student that does some teaching as part of that. Everything about her claim was ridiculous but the ADA gave her the right to have this stuff ordered by a judge to be taken down. ADA act should be repealed.