To address these challenges, the World Bank Group (WBG), is creating the e-Institute, a global platform for development learning. The e-Institute, led by the World Bank Institute (WBI), will bring in expertise, learning and knowledge from across the WBG and its partners. The WBI is a global connector of knowledge, learning and innovation in development, and a leading facilitator of capacity development.
For learners the e-Institute offers easy access from home, office, or Internet cafes and reduce the need for travel to on-site training locations. Participants can take courses while on the job and immediately apply the good practices and lessons learned to local development challenges. For partner institutions, the e-Institute provides cost-effective training options that have strong quality controls and the potential for replication and scale.
Learning activities can take the form of structured learning via self-paced and virtually facilitated e-Courses, as well as immersive learning experiences using Second Life and serious games. These are strengthened by informal learning through on-line learning communities that provide interactions between peers and experts on a continuous and just-in-time basis. Over time the e-Institute will be the “go to place” for development learning, which will include a comprehensive curriculum with certification, executive development programs, and a content network.