Dani Dayan

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Dani Dayan
Posted almost 4 years ago
Schools on line for free!!!
The idea is good, but implementation might be harder than you think. The basic infrastructure necessary for this idea to work doesn't exist in most poverty stricken countries. In developing countries that do have the infrastructure, it becomes an issue of a lack of availability of the infrastructure to everyone. The problem with trying to give free online education to people riddled with poverty is that they have no way of accessing it. That being said, I do believe the concept of e-learning is really simple. Lecturers and professors film their lectures and post them online on a student portal for the students to download. This could be supplemented with a live camera feed for Q&A with the lecturers. Tests and quizzes pose a slight problem because of dishonesty when taking a test at home in front of your computer. Assignments are posted online for students to download and then an upload facility can be used for submission. Most universities already employ this exact system as a free service to students in the form of a student portal. Another potential problem is the funding. If the university is a global offering, then where will funding come from? State and community colleges are government subsidised, but if the online university were to be global which government would subsidise it? How would the equipment, facilities and servers to host everything be paid for? Who would pay the lecturers?