EdX Partners with Google to Advance Open Source Platform

UPDATED: September 10, 2013, at 11:16 p.m.

EdX will collaborate with technology giant Google to develop Open edX, the virtual learning initiative’s open source platform, the two companies announced Tuesday morning.

According to an edX press release, the collaboration seeks to broaden the availability of Open edX and its educational tools to individuals and institutions outside of the xConsortium—the group of schools officially participating in edX—by launching the new website The site, which will be built on Google’s infrastructure and will go live in the first half of 2014, is meant to enable universities, businesses, governments, and teachers worldwide to create and host online courses.


HarvardX spokesperson Michael P. Rutter wrote in an emailed statement that the University’s branch of edX is enthusiastic about the collaboration.

“We are excited that Google will be helping to further develop an open source learning platform that has and will continue to support innovative teaching by our faculty,” Rutter wrote.

In an interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education, edX President Anant Agarwal expressed ambitious plans for the platform. “We want to be the YouTube for MOOCs,”he said, referring to the acronym for massive open online courses.

However, while YouTube relies on an ad-supported revenue model, edX leadership has yet to cement a revenue plan for

“We want to be able to monetize much the same as how we want to monetize edX,” Agarwal told the Chronicle. “But specifically how we want to monetize is TBD.”


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