thesisposted on 2020-05-01, 00:00 authored by Nana Aishat Balogun Mohammed
Many citizens of developing countries cannot access online learning due to various structural and economic barriers. Because current models of online education such as Udacity and Khan Academy require high internet bandwidth for videos and teleconferencing capabilities, people hoping to learn in developing countries cannot participate. A survey was conducted consisting of about 150 respondents from both urban and rural areas in Nigeria in September 2019. Of the 150 respondents to the survey, 49% of them have taken an online course before and of that 49%, 80% of them have had issues with online courses because of the internet speed. Offline Learning is a mobile application that will enable the transmission of course content downloaded from Udacity without the use of mobile data, using Nearby Connections API. Offline Learning would enable the few people who have access to sufficient bandwidth needed to get the course content, to distribute it to the masses who would otherwise be deprived of the opportunity to learn using resources available online. Offline Learning will be a free platform that allows its users to teach themselves new skills utilized for practical application of their knowledge without the limitations of internet bandwidth. A mobile application is well suited for this implementation because in written responses to the survey, users identified mobile devices as their primary source of internet access. Also, 97% of the survey respondents indicated they were interested in taking an online course in the future and 99% of them own a mobile phone with internet.