Online education


The Chinese Ministry of Education announced plans to promote online learning. The plans include encouraging a total of 10 million teachers and students to sign up to online learning programmes, selecting 40 online learning platforms and 200 schools to serve for promotion and showcase purposes, and work together with China Telecom and China Mobile to train 2000 headmasters and 4000 teachers.

The Education Minister of Ontario, Canada has announced a number of reforms, among them is are requirements for online learning: ‘Starting in 2020-21, every high school student will have to earn one online credit each year as a requirement for graduation.

The US Department of Education has announced a grant of US$2.5 million for the Consortium of Open Active Pathways, a onsortium consisting of Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, Miami Dade College, and Ivy Tech Community College. The aim is to increase access to college-level educational materials, which will be offered as open education resources (OER). OERs are freely available and can be downloaded, shared, and edited.

Microsoft launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Business School to help private sector executives to 'learn more about AI strategy, culture, responsibility and technology'. The initiative consists of free, online courses designed to help business leaders learn more about AI and its integration into the economy. The course materials range from written case studies and guides, to videos and talks mostly focused on issues related to how companies can manage the impact of AI on their strategies, culture, and responsibility.  A non-technical initiative, the AI Business School complements other Microsoft programmes focused on capacity development in the field of AI, such as the AI School for developers and the Professional Program for AI for engineers and others to enhance their skills in AI and data science.

According to a report, Facebook announced the ‘Going Online As Leaders’ (GOAL) programme, which seeks to empower, guide, and inspire tribal girls across selected communities in India to become young digital leaders in their communities.

According to the report, the programme which will run in the states of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh, will nurture and train young girls from India’s tribal villages on core competency areas such as digital literacy, life skills, leadership, and entrepreneurship.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming relevant for online education, especially in terms of monitoring and personalising the educational experience. Derek Haoyang Li, founder and CEO of Squirrel AI, built an AI-driven online educational platform. This was done in partnership with ‘a global network of educators and participating institutions, including the National University of Ireland, Stanford University, UCLA, UC Irvine, Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Remin University of China.’ It aims to tailor learning to individual participants’ need and rate progress.



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