Open Learning Exchange – OLE
OLE is an online cloud based platform for delivering learning resources and courses.
Open Learning Exchange – OLE is an online learning platform with a digital system, Planet Learning, designed to be customized and accessed by anyone. The system contains free multimedia and resources and courses mainly off, but periodically on the internet.
Each learner is provided with their own personal dashboard that can be customized to have their own bookshelf and links to the courses they are taking. The dashboard also contains a record of achievements, a calendar of events, and internal email system for communicating with coaches and fellow team members.
Worldwide in inner cities, remote areas, and refugee camps.
So far the platform has been implemented in Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Madagascar, Somali, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Uganda, Mexico, and Peru.
OLE International works closely with local partners and organizations in different countries looking to expand to open learning education.
Goal 4: Quality education
Students and communities in inner cities, remote areas, and refugee camps
Users can access the platform from their website though the access given to the partners.
OLE Madagascar has reached more than 400 schools.
In Ghana, OLE programs is being implemented in 50 rural elementary schools in 8 of Ghana’s 10 regions, serving 6,000 students.
OLE Kenya has implemented the program in Mogadishu University, Mathare slum and supports OLE Dadaab, a refugee camp. The program here serves more than 500 Somali refugees.
Mobile Internet, SMS, voice, Fixed Internet, Wi-Fi, etc
2G, 3G, 4G, LTE, broadband, dial-up, other [specify]
Smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, other [specify]
bluetooth, Wifi, camera, IVR, GPS, Accelerometers/Motion sensors, physiologic biosensors, biometric identifiers, SIM, Memory card (e.g microSD), other [specify]
Connectivity requirement for the product/service to work. Some apps/services can work offline.
he product/service able to receive and send back information to the user?
Support according to the literacy level required from the user. If no, the user is intended to be literate.
Android, IOs, Windows, or other [specify]
Uninterrupted power supply (UPS), ocassional power supply [minimum time required], other
education equipment, educational behavior change, human resource management, decision support, data collection & analytics, electronic education records, education provider, stock management, special education surveillance and reporting
OLE is an open source learning system that has 2 components:
- An online cloud-based for managing learning content and aggregating user metrics.
- A community server that delivers learning resources, courses and learner management tools to a local area network.
The platform can be accessed by any device that can open a browser and use it, like a computer, a smart phone or a tablet. It uses Raspberry Pi, costing 35 USD, as its server thus easily powered by batteries and solar cells. This platform can be accessed with or without the internet. This platform can run on any operating system including Linux, Apple OS X or windows.
The courses are multilingual and each user has their personal dashboards that contain resources they have chosen to read.
For any questions or assistance, the designers can be contacted through their website or through their user manual.
This platform was created with the aim of providing access to educational tools to inner cities, refugee camps, and remote villages.
Testing has been done by the developers with the users and from the feedback, they learned that in refugee camps or in host countries, there is a demand for education/educational tools in both their home country and their host setting/country. The midterm evaluation report noted that for pupils in the Ghana Reads program, literacy skills improved by 13% overall. The end line evaluation established that there was a 98% improvement in overall performance between midterm and end-line phases.
Testing of OLE technology, Planet Learning is done in Github which hosts the Planet Learning software.
Angular & CouchyDB contribute in writing front end code, helping in unit tests, helps with e2e tests, making the platform “Offline First” and making the app secure with SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
This platform has hardware that comprises of Raspberry Pi as its server, and batteries and solar cells for charging.
Feliciano S.J., Mandapat R.L.C. and Khan L.C., 2013, Harnessing the Use of Open Learning Exchange to Support Basic Education in Science and Mathematics in the Philippines, US- China Education Review A, ISSN 2161-623X
For Ghana, OLE was certified by the Curriculum Research and Development of the Ghana Education service.
OLE Kenya has been implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. It also supports OLE Dadaab which is in partnership with UNHCR.
OLE Uganda is implementing Village Health Workers (VHWs) in service learning program in Cooperation with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Mbarara University for Technology and Science.
In OLE Madagascar, a launch of pilot phase for Planet Learning system was introduced to 3 Malagasy schools after which the Minister of Education entered into an agreement with OLE Madagascar to implement Planet Learning nationwide.
In Ghana, OLE has implemented the program Ghana Reads and evaluation is done through: Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) that covers vocabulary, letter sounds, familiar words, non-word reading and comprehension from kindergarten.
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