Hundreds of university students in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and other African countries took to the streets, protesting high tuition fees, lack of equal access to education and inferior learning environments at their institutions. The introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may, however, provide a lifeline for African students desiring to circumvent college entry difficulties. According to a study by the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School, low and middle income populations make up to 80 percent of MOOCs’ users. In addition, a 2015 survey by Coursera, a prominent MOOCs platform, found that because of taking online courses, an overwhelming 87 percent of participants reported career benefits, with 33 percent mentioning tangible career benefits. Extracted from paper by Africa Renewal. More.