How Can We Fully Benefit from Digital Technologies? – The World Bank

  • Laura Monti
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Scaling learning and making it available anywhere, anytime is one of the “dividends” of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution. The new course, “Digital Dividends: Strengthening the Analog Foundation of the Digital Revolution, aims for a broader goal: how you, your family, your business, your city, and your country could benefit from the Internet and associated technologies, with one of the benefits being access to global knowledge.

The World Bank’s Open Learning Campus and ICT team jointly developed this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). They based its content and structure on the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. The MOOC discusses how growth, jobs, and service delivery are the most important returns from digital investment.

However, digital dividends—the broader development benefits of using digital technologies to overcome economic and social challenges—are still lagging behind expectation. This happens when the analogue complements remain inadequate. An analog foundation is critical, to hold public institutions accountable, to ensure business regulations provide competition, and to prepare the workforce for the skills needed to leverage technology.

Through video lectures and podcast interviews by a diverse faculty, discussion forums, and case studies, participants will increase their awareness of the key issues and challenges we have on our way to development powered by digitalization. The course will discuss how to:

  • Establish analog complements that work together to create digital dividends
  • Achieve accelerated growth that leverages digital technologies
  • Prioritize policies for countries at different stages of digital development
  • Increase the engagement of various sectors of the economy with the digital economy

The MOOC runs for six weeks, November 7 to December 19, 2017. Policy makers, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, academia, and those interested in the potential of the Internet to accelerate development can learn about a topic that has not received sufficient coverage or requires constant updating due to rapid changes in the technology field.

When the World Bank Group launched its Open Learning Campus, it had recognized the power of MOOCs as one of the most essential learning products available on the Internet. Its track, “MOOCs on Development,” disseminates global, evidence-based knowledge for actionable learning. The Digital Dividends MOOC is just one of the platform’s dynamic educational opportunities for more effective dialogue and development.

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