Month: September 2014

MOOCs seen by EPFL and the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne.

Interesting article by “Le Temps” on how three universities in the French-speaking part of Switzerland – EPFL, UniGE and UniL – look at MOOCs: www.letemps.ch

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Argentina: Projects encouraging digital education

Argentina is the country with the highest penetration of internet in South America. At the beginning of 2013, 68% of the population had access to the network, which places Argentina in that respect ahead of for instance Brazil and Mexico. According to the report of Web Trends 2012, elaborated by Kleiner Perkins, only the USA overcomes it with 78 % in the Americas. It is thus no surprise, that there are several projects aiming at improving the national system of education using digital education tools available through internet. It must be said that in 2010 75,755 children (primary school level) and 494,103 young people (secondary school level) were not schooled in Argentina, 63,999 of them have even never been in school. (more…)

India: Digital Education and the road to MOOCs

Access to education in India has not always been available to everyone seeking it. Although affordability may have been an issue, having educational institutions in the vicinity of ones place of residence has been an issue. Even today, it is not uncommon, especially for children, to have to walk several kilometres to reach their schools or colleges and many people have to shift from their places of residence to be able to access institutions of higher education.

The higher education sector has witnessed a tremendous increase in its institutional capacity in the years since Independence. In the year 1950-51 India counted 30 universities and 395 colleges. The equivalent numbers for 2012-13 are 700 and 35’539 respectively. Even though these figures seem impressive, the growth in number of higher education institutions has not kept pace with the increase in population and the gross enrolment ratio in higher education today is about 19% in the age group 18 to 23 years. Some 22.3 million students are enrolled in in higher education in India (UGC Higher Education in India at a Glance, June 2013). However, not everybody who wishes to, can physically reach a classroom. Given the above, it is no surprise that distance education, and now digital education has taken an important role in reaching out to prospective students. Written by Indraneel Ghose, Counsellor for Science & Technology, Swiss Embassy in New Delhi (more…)

Who needs MOOCs in the UK when digital education is already big business?

Due to its current business model, the “MOOC revolution” will not happen in the United Kingdom, where cross-border digital learning is already a well-established revenue stream for many universities. Any “open” and “massive” qualities will make it impossible for free and unaccredited MOOCs to seriously compete in Britain’s profit-driven market for both domestic and transnational learning. Written by Philippe Roesle, Project Officer at the Swiss Embassy in London (more…)