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Can Facebook’s Massive Courses Improve Education For Developing Nations?

March 5, 2014


Facebook is on a mission to prove that social media-empowered education can help some of the poorest nations on Earth. It recently announced a big industry and Ivy League alliance to bring experimental educational software to Rwanda, providing Internet access and world-class instructional resources to their country’s eager students.

However, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) aren’t yet proven to work at scale even in the most well-resourced nations, let alone in a country with uneven access to technology and arguably limited educational opportunities.

We took a look at what experts and evidence had to say about the prospects of Facebook’s education project. The most realistic outcome for such an unpredictable endeavor is that Facebook will unearth naturally talented students whose contributions never could have been realized without the opportunity. But educating the masses will be an uphill climb.

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