Looking at the Internet Penetration Rates internet is becoming more accessible worldwide. However some regions do still face access issues (connectivity, infrastructure, …). An argument institutions use to put e-learning initiatives on hold. Much wiser is to walk on parallel tracks and provide alternative off-line strategies until internet access can be guaranteed. This blogpost is an invitation to join our list of off-line initiatives, useful in bandwidth poor contexts.
Getting access to off-line content and information
Wikimoulin : is a project which aims at distributing wikimedia knowledge to people in developing countries.
Creating and authoring content for off-line purposes
ExElearning: is a off-line content creation tool that allows you to produce entire learning objects. These learning objects can be used off-line (USB stick, CD-ROM, computer) and are SCORM compliable.
Courselab: is another easy to use e-learning authoring tool where the final output can be published on CD-ROM or USB.
Running content or programs in an off-line virtual environment
Portable Apps : is a platform that runs from your USB key with all the open source programmes that you want to use (Open Office, Gimp, Skype, …)
Using mobile technologies that go beyond internet
FrontlineSMS : allows you to communicate with large groups of people through SMS
Any other suggestions you would like to add to this list?