Yao Ming joins hands with VIPABC

Jan 04, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The world is embracing e-learning. This is from a single issue of my Google Alert on the topic:

India: Kerala's e-learning initiative should be taken across country, says PM, Firstpost. "Lauding Kerala's pioneering efforts in achieving total e-literacy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said reducing the digital divide was vital to improve the lives of common people across the country." See also: Higher Ed sector will get focus, Indian Express.

China: Yao Ming joins hands with VIPABC to push for tailored e-learning, Xinhua. "World-renowned basketball player Yao Ming has joined hands with e-education agency VIPABC to provide online learning in China's less developed west."

Tanzania: This Tanzanian E-Learning Enterprise Is Beating MOOCs by Going Local, Motherboard (blog). "By distributing content across TV, radio, mobile, and broadband networks, Ubongo hopes to both bust MOOCs and address local problems implicit in the Tanzanian education system."

Mexico: Gyrus Systems expands into Mexico market with LMS reseller PGOOVAS, PRLOG. "The agreement between PGIOVAS and Gyrus Systems will increase Gyrus’ global presence and extend their user base into organizations in Mexico."

Jamaica: Thwaites appeals for Internet access for rural students, Go Jamaica. "Thwaites made the comments at yesterday's official launch of the Caribbean Virtual Academy in Kingston. A virtual learning platform accessed through the website CaribbeanExams.com, is geared at providing online tutoring and exam preparation assistance to high school students." See also Virtual School of the Caribbean for a similar proposal (very detailed).

Europe: European Schoolnet Academy: "The Academy is a platform where you can learn about innovation in the school and classroom through online professional development courses for teachers in primary and secondary schools. The courses offered on this platform are completely free of charge." See also Open Education Europa.



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