Facebook Partners with EdX, Nokia, and Rwanda for SocialEDU
Facebook-led Internet.org has unveiled SocialEDU, a pilot project in Rwanda, that seeks to give students in developing countries free access to an online education platform. Internet.org’s project, in partnership with Nokia and local carrier Airtel, edX and the government in Rwanda, will be run on low-cost smartphones and cloud services.
The partnership breaks down like this: Facebook and edX developed a MOOC-style experience that will be based around a Facebook-integrated mobile app; Airtel will provide free data access for those who commit for a year, and Nokia will offer “affordable” smartphones.
In addition, Facebook is taking on a project with Unilever in India and a new Internet.org Innovation Lab with Ericsson in its Menlo Park HQ.
Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable, Boston.com, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.