The African Scholarship Cohort (ASC) is a partnership between the University of Virginia (UVA) and Distance Education of Africa (DEAfrica). The partnership started in 2015 and leverages massive open online courses (MOOCs) hosted on the Coursera platform. The ASC has provided dozens of courses and tens of thousands of scholarships to learners in Africa. There have been participants in these courses from all 54 nations in Africa. This presentation will review the history of the program and the results. This program leverages the social media platform Whats App to supplement online courses with a robust, local network of mentors and learners. Best practices on designing content to be mobile first, leveraging mentors and regional contacts to build community and celebrating accomplishments with graduation ceremonies and gatherings will be reviewed.
Kristin Palmer, University of Virginia, United States