African leaders call for more internet access to improve education

Expanding broadband infrastructure is the key to improving education in Africa a roundtable of ministers from across the continent concluded last month. The gathering was part of the 9th eLearning Africa conference in Kampala Uganda where over 1,500 education and technology stakeholders met to discuss innovations in learning technology and increasing affordable internet access. “A 10% increase in investment in ... Read More »

Online university application guide BridgeU launches

An online ‘software-as-service’ platform that coaches prospective international students through the US university application process has launched this month, before expanding to UK institutions in March. For a monthly fee of around £15, BridgeU guides students through each stage of the application process, providing expert advice and calendar reminders and helping them to sell themselves to universities. Guidance is tailored to students’ experience, academic ... Read More »

Filling skills gaps spells big profits for Udemy

The US-based platform connects over 10,000 instructors to four million students across 190 countries to sell courses ranging from web development to photography. It also works with multinational conglomerates through its corporate training division, Udemy for Business. At the end of last year it enrolled its five millionth user, small scale compared to Coursera’s 22 million, however the platform’s model ... Read More »

US State Dept hosts first virtual study abroad fair

The US Department of State has hosted its first ever virtual study abroad fair with the Institute of International Education and CollegeWeekLive, an online platform which provides video conferencing facilities and resources for prospective students. More than 3,000 people logged on to the virtual fair, which took place on the 25 February. Fifty university representatives, US department of state officials and other ... Read More »

LatAm’s leading online ESL school moves into the US

Open English, the leading online English-language school in Latin America, this month began rolling out its services for the US market. On the back of its success in Brazil and Latin America, reaching over 300,000 students, the company aims to target Hispanic communities, the county’s largest growing minority group. There are some 53 million Hispanics in the US and, according ... Read More »

StudyPortals acquires share of webinar platform

StudyPortals, the international study search platform, has acquired a significant share of student recruitment and webinar provider Web2Presentfor an undisclosed amount. The company aims to promote the use of webinars among its 1,800 university partners saying it benefits students to have a “personal touch” in the decision making process. “It took StudyPortals about six years to collect all the information ... Read More »

Future of study travel: streamlined, with agents on top?

Education agencies have a unique opportunity to shape the future of the study travel sector with their proximity to client base. As personalised learning becomes more in demand, agents are more nimble when catering for their clients’ wishes than language schools, which can be slower to adapt to the zeitgeist. This was the message delivered by education strategist, Dr Alex ... Read More »

FutureLearn breaks MOOC record, opens up

UK-based MOOC platform FutureLearn has broken the record for the biggest single run of an online course, with more than 430,000 students currently enrolled on its IELTS preparation course. The platform has also opened up its partnership policy to accommodate more specialised institutions The popularity of the six-week, British Council-run course, ‘Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests’, demonstrates the ... Read More »

India: leading VET chain pairs with MOOC platform

With India projected to become the world’s most populated country within a decade at 1.4 billion, the government has set a goal to upskill 500 million people by 2022 in order to harness the country’s economic potential. Under the partnership, ALISON and AISECT will provide a free e-learning platform to students offering internationally recognised vocational courses, which will be free ... Read More »

What works offline doesn’t work online: edtech stakeholders

Gamification ranked high among solutions to create engaging online learning at this year’s EdTech Europe conference in London, which brought together some 650 speakers and delegates to discuss innovation in the global sector. “Using digital content needs to be as easy as falling out of bed” Stakeholders agreed there is a need for a pedagogical shift in the move towards ... Read More »