Iran’s Students to Have U.S. Online Courses

As a followup to the story we covered in January about the U.S. State Department blocking MOOC access from economically sanctioned countries, Coursera, a major MOOC provider, will now have the ban partially lifted. Iranian learners will  have access to most Coursera courses. Sanctions will still block advanced-level courses in science, technology, engineering, and maths. Coursera says it will continue to “push for access” for their learners in Cuba and Sudan.

edX, another major U.S. MOOC provider is also working to overcome the trade ban. They say that the university courses are information, and not a service, so they should not be affected by a trade ban. Similar to Coursera, edX has a high-tech course in in-flight vehicle aerodynamics course blocked.

“This is completely antithetical to the vision and foundational values of edX and all Moocs. We will continue to work diligently with the US government until every student, from any country in the world, can take any course they choose,” said Prof Anant Agarwal, president of edX.

For full story, see BBC News.

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.