Tech Review on the potential of, and the challenges for, MOOCs in the developing world:

As online education platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udacity burst onto the scene over the past year, backers have talked up their potential to democratize higher education in the countries that have had the least access (see “The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years”). These ambitions are now moving closer to reality, as more people begin to experiment with their setup, although significant challenges remain.

The open educational resources movement–with its decade of experience encouraging the development of indigenous materials, developing downloadable and offline distribution channels, and encouraging the translation of open materials–has many interesting models for MOOC developers to consider.