Anya Kamenetz latest column from nprEd talks the tiny nations of Trinidad and Tobego contracting with Coursera and Kahn to offer a lot of online learning. Kudos to Margot for link.
A new pioneer has just planted its flag on the ed-tech frontier: the country of Trinidad and Tobago. Its government this week announced the creation of a “national knowledge network” to promote free online learning in partnership with Khan Academy and Coursera.
So, what’s really new here? Well, this Trinidad and Tobago effort takes the level of coordination up a notch. Their focus is on connecting MOOC-powered learning to jobs. Graduates from Learning Hub programs will receive a government-issued certificate of participation from knowledge.tt. They’ll also be eligible for an internship program with more than 400 participating employers.