Arabic MOOC platform Edraak launches to bring quality education to the region

Title: Arabic MOOC platform Edraak launches to bring quality education to the region
Author: Hayden Pirkle
Source: Wamda
Date (published): 15/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: While English-language MOOC platforms such as edX, Coursera, and Udacity have gained traction across the globe, an Arabic MOOC has yet to gain a significant foothold. Launched two weeks ago in Amman, Edraak is the first pan-Arab initiative of the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development (QRF) of its kind, and seeks to make quality education more accessible for a population that is thirsty for both additional and higher quality educational opportunities.

Far From a Threat, MOOCs Could Help Solve the B-School Diversity Problem

Title: Far From a Threat, MOOCs Could Help Solve the B-School Diversity Problem
Author: Cory Weinberg
Source: Businessweek
Date (published): 03/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: A study written by three University of Pennsylvania researchers and published in the Harvard Business Review analyzed the demographics of the more than 875,000 students enrolled in nine business courses that Penn’s Wharton School offered for free online. International students and underrepresented minorities account for a disproportionate number of those enrolled in Wharton’s MOOCs, unlike traditional MBA programs, the researchers found. This suggests that those populations have an interest in business education that traditional programs are not tapping.

Why It's So Hard to Close the Digital Divide in High-Poverty Schools

Title: Why It's So Hard to Close the Digital Divide in High-Poverty Schools
Author: Sarah Garland
Source: NBC News
Date (published): 12/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: When it comes to speedy Internet access in schools, which technology advocates say will be critical to ensuring that American students stay competitive globally, Philadelphia is way ahead of many districts across the country.

Can Google Fiber Really Bridge San Antonio Digital Divide?

Title: Can Google Fiber Really Bridge San Antonio Digital Divide?
Author: Mary Tuma
Source: San Antonio Current
Date (published): 18/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Alamo City is being considered by tech industry giant Google as a site for lighting-fast “Fiber” internet access. Sending a ripple of excitement through the city, the plan carries with it not only the ability to increase productivity-encouraging internet speed, but perhaps more importantly the prospect of shortening the gap between the digital haves and have nots.

Africa’s Solar-Powered Internet Schools Bridge Digital Divide

Title: Africa’s Solar-Powered Internet Schools Bridge Digital Divide
Author: Aida Akl
Source: VOA - Voice of America English News
Date (published): 20/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: As part of its Hope for Children Initiative, launched in 2002, Samsung Electronics has been busy creating fully-functional solar powered Internet schools in African countries where electricity is sometimes unreliable or non-existent. The project spans 11 countries, including Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, where the company installed the world’s first Solar Powered Internet School in 2011.

Is this the end of the voicemail?

Title: Is this the end of the voicemail?
Author: Theo Merz
Source: The Telegraph
Date (published): 23/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Fewer people than ever are leaving answerphone messages, with the younger generation preferring to text.

Big Ideas: Closing the digital divide on the waterfront

Title: Big Ideas: Closing the digital divide on the waterfront
Author: Rachel Mendleson
Source: Thestar.com
Date (published): 20/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Waterfront Toronto's cutting-edge broadband network is billed as a jobs magnet, but closing digital and economic gaps is another big, potential upside.

The Mission’s Digital Divide And Why Fixing It Matters

Title: The Mission’s Digital Divide And Why Fixing It Matters
Author: Kim-Mai Cutler
Source: TechCrunch
Date (published): 15/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: It’s a problem because the transit-rich density of U.S. cities actually makes them far more effective at delivering services to low-income populations. A generation ago, the national conversation was about inner city ghettos. But today, these communities are being gentrified out and suburbs do not have the infrastructure to deal with entrenched poverty. On top of that, the federal and city programs and non-profits that cater to these communities have literally taken decades to develop.

Digital divide is getting deeper, government IT expert warns

Title: Digital divide is getting deeper, government IT expert warns
Author: Andrew Brooks
Source: IT World Canada
Date (published): 12/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: While governments have been moving to make themselves more accessible online, the digital divide that keeps Canada’s rural and remote communities behind large urban centres isn’t going away, and much more needs to be done to close the gap.

Ensuring people with disabilities benefit from development plans

Title: Ensuring people with disabilities benefit from development plans
Author: Dominic Haslam
Source: The Information Daily.com
Date (published): 23/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Around one billion people - or 15% of the world’s population - have a disability, and in many countries they are among the most excluded and hardest to reach of all groups in their community. In 2000, world leaders agreed on an ambitious development framework consisting of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One critical group, however, has been largely left out from this progress. Almost 14 years on, the exclusion of disability from the MDGs has materially affected many people with disabilities, as well as their families. They are less likely to have access to healthcare and education, and in turn find making a livelihood and escaping poverty that much more difficult, if not impossible.

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