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The combination of expanding educational aspirations,
greatly improved technology, and more creative pedagogy
will inevitably lead to more global experimentation with MOOCs,
naysayers notwithstanding.
velopment expert Guy Pfefferman notes
that 25 million Africans had mobile phones
in 2001-a number that jumped to 280 million by 2013.
Against this backdrop, in February 2014
edX announced a partnership with Facebook to create a project called SocialEDU.
The idea of the pilot program, which will
start in Rwanda, is to go beyond today's
MOOC technology to build a mobile platform that capitalizes on readily available
and inexpensive mobile devices. Content,
provided by edX, will be free. Facebook will
handle the app and create the kind of mobile
learning environment that Kim and many
others believe will be crucial to take free,
high-quality course offerings to scale in the

developing world. In the words of Joshua
Kim, a Dartmouth College technology expert and blogger, the venture "will mark the
beginning of an era when the tech world finally woke up to the edtech potential of the
developing world."
The combination of expanding educational aspirations, greatly improved
technology, and more creative pedagogy
will inevitably lead to more global experimentation with MOOCs, naysayers
notwithstanding. Sure, it's easy to deflate
the over-the-top rhetoric that has characterized the advent of MOOCs. But the
developing world has much to gain from
this new educational era.

Still Evolving
It should be no surprise that wealthier, bettereducated people have dominated the first
waves of MOOC enrollment. After all, the
personal computer and internet revolutions
started with elites before gradually transforming broad swaths of society. When educational
opportunities are insufficient, however, new
vehicles for instruction should be welcomed.
MOOCs will surely need to evolve and improve to serve students more effectively. But
the standard for new forms of higher education
shouldn't be whether they are perfect. It should
be how they compare to the highly imperfect
alternatives faced by many students-particularly in the world's poorest countries.
IE
BEN WILDAVSKY is director of higher education
studies at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of
Government, State University of New York, and
policy professor at SUNY-Albany. He is the author of
The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are
Reinventing the World and co-editor of Reinventing
Higher Education: The Promise of Innovation.

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Front Lines
In Brief
New Windows on the World
Green River Community College Attracts International Students at an Early Age
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Internationalization Leadership
Partnering
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