eLearning Benin Project: Bridging the Youth Opportunity Gap through e-learning in Benin

August 18, 2015

The objective of the "eLearning Benin" project is to increase the awareness of teachers and students about the wealth of educational resources, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) available digitally --- educational resources through which Beninese students in higher education could improve and develop competitive skills in preparation for local and international labor markets.  

What is an MOOC ?

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, which emerged in 2008, are online distance learning courses open to everyone at all educational levels.

•        “Massive” speaks to the quantity of participants, which is typically in the range of tens of thousands of students per course.

•        “Open” refers to who can join, which is anyone with high-speed Internet access.

•        “Online” is the platform of the course: all course content and interactions take place via the Internet.

•        “Course” designates that the information presented is topical in nature, similar to a standard college course, such as basic computer programming or introductory physics.

Some key MOOC platforms

This page features links to and information about major MOOC platforms that are available in English or French.  The goal of this curated inventory is to provide students and professors from Benin with a central place to visit and access eLearning courses (free or paid) on a plethora of topics.  These courses can be leveraged by professors to supplement education curricula at different levels, or by students seeking to expand their knowledge in a particular area, gaining additional skills, certifications or diplomas.

List of Multilingual MOOC Platforms

Khan Academy: Non-profit educational organization, offering 5,000+ instructional videos on a wide range of topics. 100% free. Website translated into 23 languages and its videos into 65.

KALite|Learning Equality: An offline version of Khan Academy. A free lightweight solution providing high-quality education where you need it most. Bringing the power of online learning to the offline world.

Coursera: A for-profit educational technology company offering hundreds of online free-to-the-public courses from colleges and organizations. It also offers “specialization” certificates.

iTunes U:  A free service hosted by Apple that allows instructors, administrators, and affiliates to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video files. It is part of the Apple iTunes store.

Udemy: A platform allowing instructors to build online courses on topics of their choosing. 7 million+ students. 30,000+ courses, some of which generate credit toward technical certification.

Class Central: On Class Central, you can build your own catalog of courses. Add courses to your personal list: “Interested”, “Enrolled”, “Completed”, “Audited” etc. With MOOC Tracker, you can get notified when a course in your catalog is about to start or if the course is offered again.

Open Online Academy:  Open online education in architecture and design for anyone, anywhere in the world.

Labster: Partners with top universities and their leading faculty to create and develop innovative, scientifically advanced virtual laboratories.

List of primarily English language MOOCs:

EdX: Online learning platform hosting 500+ university-level courses on a wide range of disciplines. Some charges may apply.

NovoEd: Mix of paid and free courses. In addition to online courses, the platform allows for collaboration between students from around the world.

Udacity: Focuses on vocational courses for professionals, primarily technical (Web Developers, Data Analysts, Mobile Developers) some of which count towards a credential that is recognized by employers.

CK-12: Non-profit organization aiming to reduce the cost of, and increase access to, K-12 education in the United States and worldwide. Tailored to meet both student and teacher needs.

MIT OpenCourse Ware: Partly free, openly available MIT undergraduate and graduate-level courses. Includes a collection of materials from 2260+ courses.

List of primarily French language MOOCs:

France Université Numérique: French national platform promoting the use of MOOCs. The courses are primarily provided by professors in French universities and schools.   

IONISx: Digital teaching platform.  Apart from offering free MOOCs, it also provides professional certificates compatible with LinkedIn, diplomas, and vocational trainings.   

NeoDemia: The first French company to offer corporate MOOCs and help clients with SPOC (Small Private Online Courses). The company installs tailored private versions for clients.

Moocit: Enables small and medium enterprises, teachers and individuals to develop innovative digital MOOC and SPOC courses using rich technology and competitive prices.

UM5RMOOC: Provided by the Mohammed V University in Rabat, this platform aims to enhance students’ learning by offering free lectures in several languages, including Arabic, French, and English.

Inares: Offers a plethora of courses in French, primarily in the field of philosophy, history, and economics.

Cognitum: Offers a variety of free and paid courses, including videos and interactive materials, tailored to Francophone students.    

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie: Offers 80+ undergraduate and graduate degrees, entirely at a distance; enriched with MOOCs. Innovative distance learning platform.

MOOC – FranceTV Education: User-friendly videos and educational materials on a wide range of topics and educational levels.  

MOOC Francophone: Traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, this platform provides forums to support interactions between students, professors, and teaching assistants.