Friday, August 7, 2015

Online Learning Reaches Places not Reached by Traditional Forms - BBC

It's easy to take online learning for granted, whether it's finding how to do something on YouTube or following a free online course from a university. But Cheril Demasuhid is working as a maid in Hong Kong so that she can send back money to her family in the Philippines. In her spare hours, she goes on to the internet to study subjects such as IT and business. A course from the Commonwealth Education Trust, on the Coursera online learning platform, is being used in the Dadaab refugee camp, near the border of Kenya and Somalia. It is aimed at providing teacher training lessons for students without any formal teacher education. But the idea of online courses providing a way out isn't only about geography or poverty. It's also about people wanting a second chance.

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