Online Education in Rwanda
IDinsight service: Impact evaluation
Kepler is a nonprofit university program that combines a blended learning approach using MOOCs (massive online open courseware, or online course modules), with in-class instruction and support. Kepler aims to create superior learning opportunities for developing world students at a cost that is in line with tuition at traditional universities.
Post-secondary education in Rwanda is underperforming in preparing students with skills relevant to local and global markets. MOOCs hold particular promise in developing countries given the severe lack of traditional university resources and staff. MOOCs have high potential to improve the quality of and expand access to post-secondary education globally. Recent studies show that MOOCs can increase cognitive learning as much as traditional methods, and that students in blended models can achieve the same learning outcomes in less time, at lower cost.
Kepler engaged IDinsight’s support to conduct:
- A number of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations to test individual components of the program in order to refine and improve the Kepler model.
- A quasi-experimental (matching design with difference-in-differences analysis) evaluation to determine the impact of the Kepler model compared to traditional Rwandan universities on student learning outcomes.
Kepler has plans to scale rapidly in Rwanda and expand to other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rapid testing of proposed program improvements, as well as a rigorous identification of overall impact, are instrumental to ensuring the successful expansion of the Kepler model.