As the realities of a national lockdown hits home for many South Africans this week, it is becoming increasingly important for tools and platforms to be made available for learning to continue for students and work to be maintained for those doing so remotely.

Answering the needs for the former is the launch of a new platform called BeOnline from HP, which is designed for distance learning across the African continent.

In order to bring BeOnline to fruition, HP has partnered with Classera and Mirai, with all three working to support schools and universities in establishing a fully fledged virtual learning environment, by providing expertise and tools at no cost.

The BeOnline programme gives schools access to the full ecosystem needed for a comprehensive remote learning environment, with pedagogical consultancy for online education provided by Mirai, a learning management solution from Classera, and HP’s IT consultancy on the required infrastructure.

“Classera and Mirai will help education providers by curating online learning pathways including the creation of a complete virtual school set-up that includes digital lesson plans, virtual assignments, e-attendance, e-assessment among other support functions,” a joint press release explained.

“Besides IT consultancy, HP will provide schools with the HP LIFE program – a set of 32 modules on business and technical skills for youngsters. The modules are available online and students can self-pace the courses and receive certificates on completion,” the firm adds.

HP also notes that the launch of BeOnline aligns with the company’s goal of improving the learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.

“Access to means of technology is now a key part of daily life for many people living in Africa. The world has changed and the way we work, study and interact has altered forever. This program is designed to help schools to quickly adopt distance learning, even in times where various countries are faced with uncertainties for the near future,” says Elisabeth Moreno, VP and MD of HP Inc. Africa

“Today, technology can support new styles of learning. PCs and tools designed for education can offer students flexibility of time, place, and pace of learning, whether in or out of the classroom, or in a blend of environments. Technology can not only engage students and improve learning outcomes, but also help to equip them with the skills they need for the future,” she concludes.

For more information about BeOnline, head here.

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