In an attempt to aid the community in these times of concern, caused by the coronavirus outbreak, on-demand education and employment marketplace – ODEM is offering its online learning program for free to schools and tutors until students can return safely to their campuses.
In a press release, ODEM shared that it is worried by the coronavirus situation and the lives it has taken worldwide while being “equally concerned about the disruption of education for the learners, educators and all learning institutions”.
During this tough period, students can benefit from ODEM’s effective and secure education platform. Through its combined enrollment, knowledge management, and certificate issuing, students may attend classes online and receive digital certificates when completing certain courses. Since the progress is tracked, it can be then transferred to a traditional certificate once the risk is over and everybody is back in school.
On top of that ODEM can be combined with a school’s current learning management system (LMS) and even use the actual curriculum.
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay noted in an official UN announcement:
“We are working with countries to assure the continuity of learning for all, especially disadvantaged children and youth who tend to be the hardest hit by school closures. While temporary school closures as a result of health and other crises are not new, unfortunately, the global scale and speed of the current educational disruption is unparalleled and, if prolonged, could threaten the right to education.”
With this move, ODEM hopes to provide a global and smooth resolution to the interruption of classes. 14 countries, including China, Japan, Italy, Iran, Iraq, Mongolia have currently closed all schools while 13 other states (The United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, and Thailand) have closed only some schools based on the location.
The CEO of ODEM, Rich Maaghul commented on the crisis and their solution:
“ODEM was designed from its inception to provide a global and seamless education platform for everyone. We, of course, could not have anticipated such circumstances to bring that vision into reality as we are experiencing now, however, we are grateful to be part of the solution to allowing students worldwide to continue their education regardless of their physical location or proximity to a physical learning facility.”
Maaghul finished on a positive note:
“A positive outcome from these circumstances may well be a future where we are able to better prepare for not only how we manage healthcare in such crises, but access to education as well.”