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2015

In an EU co-funded project, African research and education network associations have partnered with the European GÉANT network to develop high-speed Internet networks across the African continent. The project serves as a follow-up to the succesful AfricaConnect project between 2011 and 2015 and stimulates the collaboration between students, researchers and academics in Africa and beyond.

According to EurekaAlert! 'Even for free online education, socioeconomic disparities remain' the students who most need access to low-cost online courses may be the least likely to take advantage of them.

Researchers conduct extensive examination of online learning for students with disabilities reviews the report "Equity Matters: Digital and Online Learning for Students with Disabilities" from researchers at the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities. The report looks at both blended and online learning methodologies.

In its 'Children and Parents: Media and Attitudes report 2015', Ofcom has found that children, despite being 'digital natives', do not always question what they read online. Almost one in ten children between the ages of 8 and 15 believe that 'information from social media websites or apps is 'all true'', a percentage that has doubled compared to last year. According to James Tickett, Ofcom's Director of Research, 'the Internet allows children to learn, discover different points of view and stay connected with friends and family. But these digital natives still need help to develop the know-how they need to navigate the online world'.

A commentary, 'Online learning is for the disciplined' points out that online learning is economically and time-efficient, but are only truly effecitive when students are truly disciplined.

UNESCO has recently published the UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030. The report monitors the global evolution of science, technology and innovation (STI) since 2010. The report includes many references to the Internet and ICTs, mainly in relation to infrastructure, ICT innovation, digital development, and online education. Click here for the full report, key messages and the executive summary

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