Portable learning experiment in Rwanda led by EdX and Facebook

Portable learning edxPortable learning can provide students in developing countries with new opportunities.

The non-profit organization edX will work with Facebook-led Internet.org, Airtel, Nokia and the Government of Rwanda to provide free education to students in this African country on affordable smart phones. This project, called SocialEDU, was announced by Facebook at the Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, Spain.

The initiative builds on the success of MOOCs

EdX will adapt course materials for local students. Such students will access a mobile app that will be integrated with Facebook, while Airtel provides free education data for one year and Nokia sells affordable smartphones.