Welcome to the edX blog

Posted in: edX News

At edX, we are pleased to announce that no one, in any country, is blocked from taking one of our courses, and we have never blocked students from receiving education on the edX platform because of where they live.

EdX has worked for many months with the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets and Control (“OFAC”) and the U.S. State Department to determine how we can assure that no one in any country is blocked from taking an edX course. The business of MOOCs is new territory for everyone, so we are all learning together. The question at issue involved whether offering MOOCs fell under information (permitted without a license) or services (prohibited without a license). OFAC has taken the position that MOOCs fall into the category of services.

EdX received confirmation last spring that we could offer education to students in Syria under a general license, and we recently received licenses to offer MOOC education to students in Cuba, Iran and Sudan.

Several months ago, edX learned that OFAC might consider MOOCs to be a service. But rather than immediately block students from these countries, edX worked relentlessly with the government to obtain licenses to continue to offer courses to students from these countries on our platform. We are pleased that the State Department and OFAC have been willing to collaborate with us as we worked to find a solution to this problem, and we are thrilled to continue to offer education to learners throughout the world, including learners from Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. After all, that’s our mission at edX.

By Anant Agarwal, edX, CEO