Information on how and if African learners are learning enough is hard to come by but with the very little data available, across all low- and middle-income countries, 53 percent of children are in learning poverty and this is a cause for concern. There is more to learning than placing children in schools and the need for reforms that are likely to shift education provisioning onto a higher-quality pathway should not be ignored. Ghanian edtech company eCampus seems to have created a solution that will shift the education landscape.
eCampus is a web and mobile-based online teaching and learning platform that uses artificial intelligence to help learners learn smarter, prepare for employment, and guide them towards prosperity. Users sign up, search and subscribe to subjects and topics of interest. Content comes in the form of reading, listening, visual, and practice material that also includes sample questions. The platform also has discussion forums as well as timed tests which assess aptitude. All of this put together generates intelligence that is available on a dashboard highlighting learners’ strengths, weaknesses, and the education mediums that yielded the best results for the student.
It is interesting how eCampus provides different indicators for different segments. For parents, it provides data to help understand their child’s educational challenges. For the government, eCampus avails intelligence on education or learning outcomes to help them introduce reforms that could transform the education landscape. School authorities can use the information gathered to make changes and improve the performance of students and teachers.
It is also important to note that eCampus is not a content company, it is a tech company and as such, the company works with qualified and accredited content providers who are licensed teachers, and authors who have published accredited books that the government approves of, and expert consultants. eCampus has a revenue share agreement where the content providers get a chunk of the subscription fees and the content remains the content provider’s intellectual property.
In terms of revenue, companies adopt eCampus for their corporate training delivery and distribution across their different divisions and subsidiaries. Schools and regulators pay for their beneficiaries or interest groups to use the platform and learners use the tool to learn and pay for that service.
“We are creating a presence in Francophone Africa and improving on our intelligence to make it more accurate,” says Cecil Nutakor, CEO and founder of eCampus.
The company is currently doing Research & Development on technologies like brain-computer interface where they can use front cameras to write algorithms and use them to monitor learning and reduce fraud. This accurate information on learning outcomes will be a gamechanger but Nutakor also believes that there has to be a cultural shift in order for this change to be sustainable,
“In as much as we are putting all our resources and our time into the digital transformation agenda, let us not forget the cultural transformation that is required to make digital transformation sustainable,” he says.
This asserts that the inherent culture of profiting from chaos and ignoring best practices needs to change if positive transformation is to occur.
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