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Make distance learning more inclusive

Using software to address key limitations that students face due to geographically-specific internet limitations.

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We've been working with universities and schools that have been forced to close down their physical campuses and send their international students back home. 

A little bit of context: 

From a user perspective, the biggest technical issues that websites/web apps face in China are that they 

i) load too slowly, often upwards of 30-50+ seconds, and 

ii) the website itself is broken, with key elements like image and videos missing or unable to deliver. For example, Youtube and Vimeo are blocked in China - thus those videos don't load at all for visitors in China without a VPN.

One of my company's software products resolves the technical issues that online platforms/websites etc. face in China - increasing speed, and accessibility in a scalable and legal way that allows students to better assess course materials, website updates etc.


By using technology to generate a version of the site where the blocked/slow resources are either replaced or removed, one can breakdown the digital barrier that students/universities are currently facing in a scalable way. For universities, this means being able to properly deliver online courses without having to build and manage two different websites/systems.

Because our software is able to achieve this in a (mostly) automated way, companies are able to save a lot of costs and leverage a scalable infrastructure that would be incredibly complex to build themselves.

While we've traditionally worked with Travel & Retail companies, Covid-19 has come to highlight serious gaps in digital learning experiences and the urgency to upgrade systems have otherwise been 'acceptable'.

This is just one solution that reflects the broader need for a more inclusive digital learning experience that takes into account network conditions, accessibility to the internet, timezones and more.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Resistance to digitalisation and emphasis on single-system learning. I think greater emphasis should be placed on customising learning experiences based on student's abilities and interests, especially as our world becomes more nuanced and the kinds of skillsets require changing. My impression is this Covid19 experience has allowed students to supplement their hours at school with personal interests at home. There should be ways to better integrate that into school systems in general.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I've always had multi-discliplinary interests across social impact, technology, music and design. Applying those passions and my work in the education field has always been an interest of mine, so when the interests began to overlap during this Coronavirus time I felt like there was an opportunity to observe and resolve gaps that we normally wouldn't notice in a 'normal' environment.

What region are you located in?

  • Eastern Asia

Where are you located?

Hong Kong

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Thank you for posting your idea to the Challenge, Jodie Chan !

I am curious to hear more about your idea. What kind of technical issues are most commonly faced by your users, and how does your software help mitigate those problems?

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Great question Naman Mandhan !

From a user perspective, the biggest technical issues that websites/web apps face in China are that they i) load too slowly, often upwards of 30-50+ seconds, and ii) the website itself is broken, with key elements like image and videos missing or unable to deliver. For example, Youtube and Vimeo are blocked in China - thus those videos don't load at all for visitors in China without a VPN.

Our software is generate a version of the site where blocked/slow resources are either replaced or removed to create a version of the site that works well and fast for China visitors. For universities, this means being able to properly deliver online courses without having to build and manage two different websites/systems.

Because our software is able to achieve this in a (mostly) automated way, companies are able to save a lot of costs and leverage a scalable infrastructure that would be incredibly complex to build themselves.

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Photo of Jodie Chan
Team

Great question Naman Mandhan !

From a user perspective, the biggest technical issues that websites/web apps face in China are that they i) load too slowly, often upwards of 30-50+ seconds, and ii) the website itself is broken, with key elements like image and videos missing or unable to deliver. For example, Youtube and Vimeo are blocked in China - thus those videos don't load at all for visitors in China without a VPN.

Our software processes the site to generate a version where the blocked/slow resources are either replaced or removed, to create a version of the site that works well and fast for China visitors. For universities, this means being able to properly deliver online courses without having to build and manage two different websites/systems.

Because our software is able to achieve this in a (mostly) automated way, companies are able to save a lot of costs and leverage a scalable infrastructure that would be incredibly complex to build themselves.

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Team

Thank you for your response, Jodie Chan ! These are some wonderful thoughts. I'm wondering if you could update your original submission to include some of these additional details? I think these insights will help illustrate your idea with more clarity, and I want to make sure that they are captured!

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Team

Sure! Thanks Naman Mandhan  - appreciate the feedback :)