BBC News: Reaching the parts others cannot teach

It’s easy to take online learning for granted, whether it’s finding how to do something on YouTube or following a free online course from a university.

When educationalists write about Moocs – massive open online courses – it is often about the technical achievement of being able to deliver chunks of higher education courses to millions of online learners. Or else it’s about the economics of universities taking their wares to a wider audience or delivering extra content for their existing students.

But Moocs – a few years after the initial hype about these digital courses – are now teaching people who would otherwise be unable to access lessons.

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BBC News: Iran’s students to have US online courses


Online university courses have been caught up in US trade sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan, so that students in those countries have been blocked from many free courses from US universities. Coursera says it has been “working closely with governing authorities to navigate licences and permissions” and, as a result, “Iranian learners will now regain access to the majority of Coursera’s courses”.

Read more: BBC News: Iran’s students to have US online courses

Bow Valley College Unveils Online Version of TOWES Prime


CALGARY – On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Conrad Murphy, Director TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills); Anna Kae Todd, Vice President Learning, Bow Valley College; Silvano Tocchi, Director General, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills; and other dignitaries gathered to launch the online version of TOWES Prime.

An innovative suite of web-based assessment products, TOWES Prime assesses literacy skills in prose literacy, document literacy and numeracy. TOWES Prime helps to identify students at risk of completing training programs, and diagnoses areas of reading difficulty. In the workplace, TOWES Prime helps to determine training needs, conducts a workforce analysis, and aids in succession planning.

Read the full press release here: Bow Valley College Unveils Online Version of TOWES Prime