Educational Technology

June 30, 2013

Coursera Partnerships Aim to Expand Access to Online Education

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Bernadine Racoma, Day News

Prof. Daphne Koller of the Computer Science Department of Stanford University believes that online education can address the need for better accessibility to higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the region a very small percentage of college students, a mere 6% enroll in higher education courses. Despite the existing demand for people holding degrees in higher education in developing nations, the disparity between persons with access to quality education and those who do not have access is quite significant. With the growing availability of the Internet in these areas, the creation of a “global classroom is now very possible, according to Koller. This tireless, multi-awarded educator is also the co-CEO and co-founder of Coursera. She received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Coursera was founded only last year.

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