Online learning as a social enterprise

Thu Apr 17 13:37:00 UTC 2014

In March 2014, I went to listen to Sir Michael Barber in Conversation with Mike Feerick at the Pearson offices in London.

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Social entrepreneur, Mike Feerick, told us how he had set up ALISON in 2007 to provide free online learning to learners in the developing world. ALISON stands for Advance Learning Information Systems Online and it provides a platform for the provision of around 600 courses to over 3 million students.

The free learning is supported by advertising. Advertisers are willing to pay to reach learners in the developed world, and learners in the developing world benefit from being able to access free online content.

Providing millions of hours of high-quality free learning at zero cost to the learner has had a big impact. In parts of Africa, little educational infrastructure exists and ALISON can provide education to anyone with internet access. ALISON’s contribution to education has been recognised by UNESCO.

This interesting story provides the basis for:

Economics and Business teachers might be interested in using ALISON courses with students. These courses could provide you with the opportunity to get your students to learn some content in their own time, allowing you to use class time to build on the understanding and to focus on developing analytical and evaluative skills.

Economics and Business teachers might be interested in using ALISON courses with students. These courses could provide you with the opportunity to get your students to learn some content in their own time, allowing you to use class time to build on the understanding and to focus on developing analytical and evaluative skills.

See the list of Business courses
See the list of Economics courses

Kind regards,

Colin

Colin Leith, Business and Economics subject advisor
Colin LeithBusiness and Economics
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