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  1. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
    January 28, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Hi Tony, I am CEO of Fora. Just to answer a few of your questions. There is a bit of a time lag between the info on the website and the current strategy we are following. Also the interview was not published in full so one might get the wrong idea.

    We initially came in trying to partner with Universities as a Bundled service provider of sorts but the regulatory barriers from the NUC (which regulates Universities killed us). So we had to pivot. We are now a consumer marketplace for young African professionals looking to take online courses from top Universities and professional organizations. We do have 500+ online courses none of which are open course ware. (We have separate plans around open course ware that mostly involve offline delivery).

    A lot of what we do now is lead generation for more established online learning platforms like American Bankers Association, Ecornell, etc. It is very much like Udemy but focused on Africa and with only accredited programs as opposed to unaccredited programs.

    The key thing we have learnt after 9 months in this market is that online learning here is entirely driven by foreign accreditation. People basically use it as a way to get a foreign degree without having to travel and leave their jobs or their families. also because it is cheaper than travelling abroad. It makes sense. Studying abroad is a billion dollar business in Nigeria and we see online learning as a way to disrupt that market.

    • Tony Bates
      January 28, 2014 - 7:39 pm

      Many thanks for this clarification, Iyinoluwa, which makes your project even more interesting.
      I’m not surprised about the accreditation issue with the Nigerian University Commission, which I believe has been very reactionary regarding online and distance education, which is a great pity.
      I hope many of the Canadian university online people who read this blog see your request for partnership on th post about Athabasca University. This could be a win-win for both parties.

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