edX Releases xBlock MOOC Software under AGPL

edX, an organization sponsored by MIT and Harvard to make available educational content free of charge, and that developed software to serve content in MOOC (massive open online courses) environment, has made an open source release.  Its xBlock software, which enables developers to create course components, has been made available under Affero GPL here.  The choice of Affero will be meaningful, given the software is designed to serve up on-line services.

Perhaps this will also kickstart some companies to make available plug-and-play resources for private tutors and schools moving into the educational content space — a phenomenon that has been on the verge of happening for a while.