edX Makes Access Anywhere a Priority

It turns out that some countries that the U.S. State Department has on their embargo list (Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba) may not get the touted benefited of MOOCs, namely anyone with any internet connection can learn.

edX, with support from Harvard and MIT, has been leading the charge to ensure that expanding access is more than a marketing slogan. To wit...

"The only option for students in the sanctioned countries may be edX, the MOOC provider founded in partnership between Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tena Herlihy, edX’s general counsel, said the company has since last May worked with the U.S. State Department and the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, and has so far applied for and received company-specific licenses for its MOOCs to enroll students in Cuba and Iran (a third license, for Sudan, is still in the works). “We want to provide education to anyone with an internet connection,” Herlihy said. “We do not want to withhold education from someone just because of the country they live in."

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/28/state-dept-blocks-access-moocs-countries-economic-sanctions