Why Facebook Should Implement MOOCs To Internet.org

I received a solid guest post on one of my sites stating “everything wrong” with internet.org. However, that doesn’t stop me from seeing the benefits internet.org can bring to education and development. Internet.org is good news for people who can’t afford a glimpse of what the internet is like. It is also good news for people who don’t have access to education, or can’t afford it. Internet.org is free, MOOCs are free–it’d be awesome for both of them to run together.

Therefore, Facebook should work with big MOOCs providers to see that MOOCs are delivered through the internet.org’s platform.

What is internet.org?

It’s an initiative between Facebook, and several mobile phone companies, to provide an affordable internet access to the 2/3rds of the world (5 billion plus) not yet connected.

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Internet.org has been launched in countries such as: Zambia, Ghana, India, and more.

What are MOOCs?

MOOCs, short for Massive Open Online Courses, are aimed at an unlimited audience. They are free and offer individuals with just a computer and an internet access, the opportunity to take courses delivered by word-class institutions from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc.

MOOC providers offer a collection of free courses from different institutions with an interactive medium for learning.

For example: Coursera, a leading MOOC provider, offers users the opportunity to take courses on a range of subjects (business, humanities, etc). These courses are usually delivered by world-class institutions from different parts of the world.

Coursera also offers users the opportunity to gain a verified certificate after the successful completion of a course.

How MOOCs Improve Internet.org’s credibility

There is a high possibility that people who can’t afford the cost of an internet access, cannot also afford a quality education. MOOCs providers like edX and Coursera can enable people who use the internet.org app to have access to free online courses delivered by top universities, or colleges in the world.

I suggest Facebook should work with MOOC providers such as Coursera, Khan Academy, edX, FutureLearn, and more to make this a reality.

It’ll be a major boost to the credibility of internet.org.

 

Giovanni Olakunori

Giovanni is the founder of LarnEdu, a community aimed at inspiring knowledge and development by creating a safe-space for freethought and learning. He was responsible for growing LarnEdu’s traffic from about 25.000 visitors per month in 2014 to over 50,000 unique visitors per month in 2016 without spending a dime on ads. He moved to the UK in 2015 to study Mechanical Engineering and Management at the University of Edinburgh where he received numerous recognition on entrepreneurship. He interrupted his studies in 2018 due to his inability to pay £21,250 in international fees. Instead of wallowing in pain or feeling victimised he proceeded to pursue his other passions such as building his data science skills, restructuring LarnEdu and working for some businesses including that of his mentor who runs a top online store in the UK. He usually starts his day by making his bed, lifting heavy weights, swimming and meditating in a sauna. You can read more about him or connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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4 Responses

  1. MaryM says:

    I like your perspective Gio

  2. John B says:

    Great perspective! I’m impressed.

  3. I’ve read the other article. If Facebook is indeed interested in development. Education, and accessibility to the internet are major things that it should invest in with its internet.org initiative. MOOCs would be good with internet.org

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