The free online education provider ALISON, founded in Ireland in 2007, has won the World Innovation Summit for Education Award for its outstanding quality and exceptional impact on education through innovation.
ALISON, which stands for ‘Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online’ built an education and training model that allows “all learning, assessment, testing, and verification service to be accessed by anyone, anywhere for free.”
The founder of the service, Mike Feerick, is a serial social entrepreneur, ASHOKA Fellow, and Harvard MBA. “There is a lot of hype about free learning worldwide but clearly the sustained strength, growth and popularity of ALISON is what is earning us the recognition as one of the true leaders for the future of global education,” he says.
ALISON will receive its prize at the 2013 WISE Summit in Doha at the end of October.