Digital Delivery of Resources in the Developing World

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Whilst universities in the UK consider how to survive in “the current economic climate”, digital technology and Open Educational Resources is making a huge contribution to the developing world:

Widening access to higher education is one of the great global challenges of the 21st century. Higher education is the key to creating the educated and skilled workforces that developing countries need to grow their economies and to ensure a better life for their citizens, but existing higher education systems and institutions effectively exclude large numbers of the world’s population.

Given the scale of the demand, it is not logistically or economically feasible to build and staff enough traditional bricks-and-mortar universities to bring one within the reach of every aspiring student in the developing world. So we need to make a radical shift and move away from the current model of higher education, which we have inherited from the 19th and 20th centuries, and towards new systems that reap the benefits of 21st-century technologies.

To get an idea of what the future could be like, we can look at what is already happening. In Africa today, a revolutionary programme called Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (Tessa) has been made possible by the internet. Operated by a consortium of national and international educators, at its core is a bank of teacher education resources, created by a team of specialists and made available online as open educational resources that support teacher learning in the classroom. Tessa has reached more than 400,000 primary school teachers in nine African countries since 2005.

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Sim Stewart @cofacio #likeminds

Sim Stewart

cofacio – a help engines for organizations

People are facing:

  • Information overload
  • Speed of change
  • Time poor

A new system where can find people looking for same kind of issues.


Once you remove the barriers people like to help each other.

Why not? No reason why can’t just do things for fun

Find others who help each other e.g. local perspective

Offer help & get help. Get thanked = get points. Donate points to charities.

Doing what many are already doing but making it easier/more fun.

Digital Life(style)

acts435 // charity

Acts 435: The Charity

Acts 435 is designed to help us fulfil Christ’s calling and give to those in need. I hope and pray that it will be a wonderful blessing to those on the receiving end of these gifts of love. May it also be a source of joy to the donors as they see the immediate impact of their generosity on those struggling to make ends meet.”
Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Patron of Acts 435

Acts 435 is a Christian Charity to bring immediate help to people in financial need. It works by matching up those who want to give with those in need. The website, which initially served only Yorkshire, went national on 17th August. The site is also on Twitter and Facebook. A great example of the way that social media can offer practical help – this really is a good news story for social media… and all those who’ve been helped by making connections that wouldn’t have happened before.

Acts 4:35 (The Message)

34-35And so it turned out that not a person among them was needy. Those who owned fields or houses sold them and brought the price of the sale to the apostles and made an offering of it. The apostles then distributed it according to each person’s need. (Via @biblegateway)


7 Up on the 7th (@7up7th)

This seems like a simple social media idea that could work – be interesting to see how fast it gathers steam – a simple idea on Facebook and Twitter: “Pick up 7 pieces of trash on 7th of every month”.


Doh, a Dear…

Thanks Pennie Ley for the reminder of this video – seen it before – can’t help but smile when you watch it!  Reminds me of the Winchester Flashmob.