Sharing Web Content in Disconnected or Rural Environments

Schools in the developing world and rural or remote areas frequently do not have high bandwidth or reliable connections, limiting their access to web content. As a result, schools are increasingly turning to Offline Educational Resources (OERs), employing purpose-built local hardware to serve content. These approaches can be expensive and difficult to maintain in resource-constrained settings.
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Nature and Context

The web has tremendous potential to enable education for users in emerging markets and rural communities. With an increasing amount of free or open-use educational content becoming available online (Khan Academy, Wikipedia for Schools, etc.), schools in developing regions can bring vast quantities of human knowledge directly into the classroom. However, the web is built with the assumption of fast, free, and always-on connectivity. This presents a substantial challenge to schools in developing regions, which often have slow or intermittent Internet connectivity, such as a flaky dialup connection. While modern web standards make it possible to develop sites that can be used offline (e.g., using ServiceWorkers to persist content in the browser), this approach does not scale to the vast quantity of legacy web content.

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