I had a brief talk with the wonderful Kelsey Wiens (@bella_velo on Twitter) about MOOCS and learning and translating what we do into more specific contexts, and she asked pointed me to this article about Starbuck encouraging staff to take undergrad degrees by subsiding tuition.
Which got us thinking about South Africa, and how something like our MOOC tools might be used there. She challenged me to come up with answers to these 2 questions, and so I'm throwing them open to everyone....
Would P2PU be able to help design a MOOC that
a) helps educate the SA population to understand SA history (and hopefully some fun history facts like "did you know about the dude who was a counterrevolutionary for the ANC and escaped from Pretoria prison by building wooden keys!!)
b) would it be possible to align some current MOOCs (coursera & eduX) and localize them for SA and make them accessible for SA business and young employees to gain knowledge (i.e. practical experience)
They're pretty big questions, but I'd love to hear people's ideas, especially @dirk, @1L2P @jane and @ralfe and anyone else who has experience of the particular needs of the developing world.
I think the current Wikipedia Zero project, where mobile service providers zero-rate Wikipedia, effectively making mobile (and computer) access to Wikipedia free might be a useful way to start thinking about this.