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Massive Open Online Courses: Top 5 categories

Massive open online courses are popular
E-learning and massive open online courses (the so called edtech) are booming, also in Africa. Often we talk about massive open online courses in a more general manner.

Africa, continent, of the youth, aims at a skills gap between rich and poor. But online education can be one important tool to improve the access to higher education. Edtech benefits of the rising access to mobile phones.


Today we want to enlighten the massive open online courses subject in a more specific manner: Which are the most demanded massive open online courses topics in Africa.

We did our inquiry based on massive open online courses available at Coursera.

For your further interest, see also the article about easy payment methods for massive open online courses, based on cheap online money transfers.

Financial Engineering and Risk Management:
This course draws some aspects from finance and economics, mathematics, statistics, engineering, and computational methods. …

Three (East) African elearning success stories

Today, new elearning technologies including information communication technology (ICT) and elearning have become the driving force in the education sector in Kenya. Elearning is very important in helping people to access education easily. It allows learners to carry out their daily activities and learn at the same time.

In the modern world, lifelong learning is becoming an important concept. In this context, people have to advance their skills to fit in the dynamic work places. Elearning allows one to advance their skills without taking long work leaves.

As the African society continually embrace modern technology, traditional forms of pedagogy in higher learning institutions are failing to meet the societal needs.

The Situation of elearning in East Africa
The rise of mobile technology in Africa has become one of the most revolutionary steps in the recent technological growth.  Many people are now using smartphones and iPhones. Major communication companies like Safaricom and Telkom Kenya are …

Key Performance Indicators used for online education programs

Key performance indicators (KPI) are crucial to assess companies. That’s as well true for e-learning providers.

Online education offers many youth in Sub-Sahara Africa the opportunity to benefit from a wider range of programs and courses than if they were to study in person at their closest educational centre. E-learning modules enable you to develop further skills and work towards gaining important qualifications for yourself and your career.

Many young people would not be able to access an appropriate education without the existence of online courses. Crucial online courses can be accessed on any device with an internet connection. M-learning, also known as mobile learning, is becoming increasing popular in Sub-Sahara Africa due to the accessibility of mobile phones compared to computers.

In this context, read my latest articles about e-learning in Africa:

How to close the skills gap in Africa
Quick guide: Why edtech improves education in Africa
Online language learning

How becoming a copywriter turned my life – from barely surviving to wealth

Copywriter must be a passion. Nick has this copywriter passion. Doing the research for my e-learning website I met my friend Nicholas from Kenya. He told me the story of his still young life.

Before starting with Nick’s copywriter story, just a brief introduction: What is copywriting? According to Wikipedia, “Copywriting is the act of writing a text for the purpose of advertising or other forms of marketing. The product is called copy.” Copywriter jobs are wide spread, e.g. as freelance copywriter. Idem regarding the copywriter salary.


For me, the copywriter story of Nick was that inspiring that I decided to publish a short description of his biography with this edtech article.

Read here now the amazing rise of Nick and why e-learning saved his life!

Story of Nick and How he became a copywriter freelancer:
“I was born in a village in Kirinyaga County, Central Kenya. There, I grew up in a …

How can I pay my online course?

Online courses become more and more popular as a digital tool to get access to higher education. By enrolling for an online course, you can either opt in just to enhance your personnel skills (e.g. with Udemy courses) or to graduate online (e.g. with Coursera courses).

In this context, read my latest articles about e-learning in Africa:

How to close the skills gap in Africa
Quick guide: Why edtech improves education in Africa
Online language learning
Online education: Linking up Africa with some of the best colleges in the world

There are many methods through which a learner can pay online courses. Let’s check the possibilities at the example of Udemy and Cousera.

The following are the methods that are available for the enrolled students.

Online course payment by Online Banking
Students can pay tuition and ancillary fees by online banking. This approach is convenient because it helps the students to make the …

Could blended learning be Africa’s recipe for educational success?

Blended learning: Why is it ideal for Africa?
Talking about blended learning, we see that more and more learners are turning to online courses that enable them to participate in primary, secondary and tertiary education over the web and at a distance from campus.

Debates rage over how best to implement e-learning, particularly in regions such as Sub-Sahara Africa which are ripe for educational reform.

Why do we talk about the education in Africa? I have written about the edtech setting in Africa within the articles “How to close the skills gap in Africa” and “Online education: Linking up Africa with some of the best colleges in the world”.


In this article, I explain how blended learning works and why it is the ideal choice for the African continent. Finally, I formulate some effective strategies for rolling out these types of distance education schemes in Africa.

This article will be of interest to anyone …

Online language learning: online advantages and offline apps

The current growth in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) sector, has paved the way for many things, most importantly, distance education. With increased computer power, availability of internet and faster data transfers rates, e-learning has been made easier and more accessible. In sub-Sahara Africa, higher education students are adapting to online language learning. It is no surprise as e-learning is the most practical and economical methods of expanding linguistical knowledge. However, the main question among potential e-students is; how perfect is Africa for language learning online?

The Major Challenge
Although internet accessibility is a huge obstacle to language learning online in Sub-Saharan region, there is even a more complicated problem of ‘many languages.’ Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest number of diversified languages in the world, with over 1,000 different languages spoken.

The mother tongue influence might pose a challenge to online learning in this region, but it is not enough to …

Online Education: Linking Up Africa With Some of the Best Colleges in the World

Online education: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Answer to Higher Education
Bill Gates wrote in his 2015 letter to his foundation, that soon, world class education will just be several computer taps away, regardless of where anyone lives. The great news is that online education and e-learning has the power to knock down the geographical barriers to close the skill gap and ensure that everyone in Africa with access to the internet can attain a good education.

As seen in other parts of the world, online courses such as an online MBA program, or an online Master program, can serve as a stand-alone source for official education if the university or college is accredited by the government of the country in which the learner resides, or in the country where the program has been devised.


Attention: this is an extensive article about online education, take your time to read it (I guess about 15 minutes); …

Importance of acknowledged certificates for online courses

Furnishing one’s CV with a list of qualifications is essential to getting ahead in many sectors of the economy. This holds true throughout the world, including in Africa. Receiving a verified, acknowledged certificate for taken online courses makes these online courses a much more powerful tool in the eyes of employers. Internationally recognised certificates are particularly valuable, because they make it easier to use online courses not just in Africa but in other countries across the world.

The need for new and improved skills in Africa specifically
Studies have shown that ambition and entrepreneurship are thriving throughout the African continent, including throughout Sub-Sahara Africa. This was confirmed by the 2015 State of Education report, which was produced by UNESCO in collaboration with other organisations after extensive research. This report stated (p. 8) that it was in fact Sub-Sahara Africa that has made the greatest gains since 1999 in terms of children accessing …

M-learning: Texting the way to a Revolution – education in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Mobile learning (m-learning) is increasingly seen as an essential tool in improving learning opportunities in Sub-Sahara Africa. It is the long-range missile in education technology’s growing armoury. For many reasons, the infrastructure and accessibility of traditional education are often inadequate. Schools are overcrowded and under-resourced, and teachers lack essential training. Despite attempts at improving the system, retention of both pupils and teachers is low, and learning outcomes are poor.

Education is essential for economic development, innovation and growth. But it can also be expensive and hard to get access to. Africa has a young population. Approximately 50 percent of the populace are under 15, and there are around 200 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24. Added to this, Sub-Sahara Africa is home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

These young people will be the driving force behind sustainable growth across the continent. But, an unskilled …