Two-year initiative focuses on youth workforces in Colombia, Philippines and South Africa
AUSTIN,Texas — March 10, 2015 — Online courses have the potential to expand quality education and career training worldwide, but few people in developing countries access them. Now, the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID) and CourseTalk.com,the largest source of reviews of online courses, are launching a two-year, $1.55 million project to investigate and address this unmet potential.
As the cost of education continues to rise and people are looking to enhance their skills or advance their careers, the use of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) is becoming increasingly popular for the low cost and flexibility they offer. However, while the adoption of MOOCs is occurring at home, in the workforce, and in educational institutions, there is still a disparity of general awareness of MOOC offerings and availability in developing countries around the world.