Ed-tech startup VarsityScape is leveraging the power of AI and live-learning technology to assist instructors in building successful courses.
VarsityScape, a Nigerian startup founded in 2019 by Daniel Idiare and Kenney Erimakonosine, is revolutionizing the way cohort-based course instructors facilitate courses by leveraging the power of AI and live-learning technology.
VarsityScape – Adapting to demand
Originally designed as a platform for students in higher education institutions, Nigerian startup VarsityScape has expanded its offerings to include on-demand courses from instructors. However, the completion rates of these massive open online courses (MOOCs) were disappointingly low, with less than 15% of students completing the courses and up to 70% of purchased courses remaining unused.
Identifying the gap in the market, VarsityScape recognized the need for more effective group-learning experiences facilitated by course instructors, utilizing live learning and AI technologies.
A range of tools
“By employing live learning technologies, we provide tools on our platform which enable instructors to provide chat, live classes, on-demand content, and even access to projects and jobs in their group learning communities,” said Idiare. “We are working to tie this all together with AI, which will help instructors generate content and even whole courses, provide support to students, provide analytics to the instructors, and recommendations to students and instructors.”
Prior to VarsityScape, instructors had to rely on patching together tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, Slack, and WhatsApp. However, VarsityScape has streamlined the process, allowing instructors to create a course once and run multiple cohorts seamlessly.
Since the recent launch of a stable version across all platforms, VarsityScape has already onboarded five major academies, with expectations of further growth in the next quarter.
Although currently focused on Nigeria, VarsityScape’s product has the potential for global scalability, and the company plans to expand its reach. VarsityScape has raised USD 30,000 in a family and friends round and is currently seeking a pre-seed round to support its continued growth and expansion.
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