HP Inc has announced the launch of a distance learning programme that aims to support schools and universities in establishing a fully-fledged virtual learning environment.

The company in a statement said the initiative called BeOnline programme was in collaboration with Classera and Mirai, a learning innovations group focusing on learning strategy and digital pedagogy.

In line with the most recent regional governments’ directives for distance learning, the programme aims to support schools and universities in establishing a fully-fledged virtual learning environment,

According to the HP, the programme provides expertise and tools at no cost and gives schools access to the full ecosystem needed for a comprehensive remote learning environment.

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It added that the pedagogical consultancy for online education provided by Mirai; a robust learning management solution from Classera, and the HP’s IT consultancy on the required infrastructure would be provided to schools until the end of the academic year at no cost.

It explained that Classera and Mirai would help education providers by curating online learning pathways, including the creation of a complete virtual school set-up that involved digital lesson plans, virtual assignments, e-attendance, e-assessment, among other support functions.

Besides the IT consultancy, the HP said it would provide schools with the HP LIFE programme – a set of 32 modules on business and technical skills for youngsters.

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Commenting on the launch of BeOnline, the Vice President and Managing Director of HP Inc Africa, Elisabeth Moreno, said, “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 (been) altered forever. This programme is designed to help schools to quickly adopt distance learning, even in times where various countries are faced with uncertainties for the near future.”

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The CEO of Classera Inc, Mohammad Almadani, said, “Ensuring a smooth transition towards establishing a fully-fledged and effective distance learning environment, Classera is excited to partner the HP and Mirai to launch the BeOnline programme.

“Classera will leverage its experience with virtual schools and nationwide deployments to provide a special version of Class Light Learning Management System that can be used for managing, administrating and delivering course content and educational materials, with online collaboration, electronic assignments and instant reporting.”