The pandemic era has forced universities worldwide to pivot to online learning platforms with lessons emerging daily about the challenges that students, faculty, and administrators face. Access to open data is largely an untapped goldmine that could improve learning outcomes and reduce the higher dropout rate associated with virtual education. As a matter of fact, only 1 in 5 virtual universities have reported their annual data on the National Center for Education Statistics website.
On June 26, 2021, the Governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, declared a state of emergency in response to “extraordinary flooding” in southeast Michigan. In Wayne and Washtenaw counties it is estimated that around 40,000 businesses and homes were affected including Livonia, an 11th District city based in Wayne County, where substantial flooding was also experienced.
Despite being 82% black, in Detroit over 49,000 black-owned businesses still struggle to get a fair opportunity to compete. Furthermore, a study by the University of Michigan shows that very few small business owners and entrepreneurs in the United States overall received government aid
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the importance of technology and the urgency to ensure that we connect the unconnected. Government, being the primary duty bearer of public service delivery, has recognised that the future is indeed digital and more than ever before there’s need to work closely with all stakeholders in the internet ecosystem to build the internet of the future
Historical tensions and a proliferation of armed groups (militant, criminal, and ethno-sectarian) contribute to the changing conﬂict and security dynamics in the Niger Delta.
In Nigeria, the COVID-19 pandemic has further widened the digital divide between public and private tertiary institutions. To close this gap, key digital learning constraints like access to devices, lack of constant power supply, and high cost of reliable internet need to be addressed.
All my social media buddies already know this glaring fact about me; I am a huge fan of virtual schooling. I tweet about it, speak about it at events, write tons and tons of articles about it, and I believe it is the next frontier in global education.
In February 2020 I enrolled in the MicroMasters program in Data, Economics, and Development Policy designed by MIT’s Department of Economics and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). This semester I joined the MIT 14.73x class, The Challenges of Global Poverty