A Look at MOOCs and Online Learning in Africa

Jan 14, 2014

THIS TIME FOR AFRICA: With an article title that makes us think about Swedish meatballs, author and FastCompany contributor Anya Kamentz takes a look at how online education is beginning to make waves in Africa, which has the youngest population in the world--many with mobile devices--but a dismally low college enrollment rate. Entrepreneurial efforts in Kenya, Nigeria and Kenya--some supported by the likes of IKEA and Microsoft--are leveraging MOOCs and other online resources to offer educational paths that lead to jobs. It's still early days, though: "The number of young Africans who have experienced blended MOOCS," she writes, "is, generously, in the hundreds."

A Look at MOOCs and Online Learning in Africa

Jan 14, 2014

THIS TIME FOR AFRICA: With an article title that makes us think about Swedish meatballs, author and FastCompany contributor Anya Kamentz takes a look at how online education is beginning to make waves in Africa, which has the youngest population in the world--many with mobile devices--but a dismally low college enrollment rate. Entrepreneurial efforts in Kenya, Nigeria and Kenya--some supported by the likes of IKEA and Microsoft--are leveraging MOOCs and other online resources to offer educational paths that lead to jobs. It's still early days, though: "The number of young Africans who have experienced blended MOOCS," she writes, "is, generously, in the hundreds."

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