Gradely rolls out homegrown Learning Management System
A Nigerian education technology startup, Gradely, has launched a homegrown and virtual learning management system (LMS) for schools in the country.
Founded in 2019 by Boye Oshinaga, Femi Ibiwoye, Seyi Adelaju and Babatunde Caleb, Gradely uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help parents and schools intervene in real-time to plug student learning gaps.
The startup, which has raised $150,000 in pre-seed funding from angel investors and venture capital firms such as Ventures Platform and Microtraction, has now launched its LMS, known as Gradely For Schools.
Speaking at the event, Gradely Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Boye Oshinaga said the platform is a teacher-led LMS, built for personalised learning, with features such as live classes to organise and hold engaging class experiences, assessment tools to set up robust and relevant assessment formats fitted with the Nigerian and British curriculum-aligned question pool, a proctored examination system to hold credible remote academic evaluations, and a suite of personalised video lessons, practice quizzes and games library known as Gradely CatchUp! to support in-class efforts with students at home.
“The personalisation works by having tonnes of assessment content mapped by topic and difficulty, and following performance on adaptive tests, students are provided recommendations daily to catch up on weak areas. This leads to measurable improvement in student’s performance and a learning path that is unique to each child,” Oshinaga told Disrupt Africa.
“It is possible to use Gradely at home as a standalone learning supplement or in conjunction with school, so that homework and class material can be viewed directly on the app as well. In this case, where the app is school-integrated, parents see a report that is the most representative source of truth of the child’s learning progress,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo said the programme is in line with the education and technology agenda of the Lagos State government.
The commissioner, who said the state is interested in integrating technology into teaching and learning process, revealed that during the lockdown, the state was able to deploy technology in various forms in schools to aid learning.
She said to take education in the state to the next level, government will fully integrate technology into teaching and learning process and also into school administration and governance. “We have decided that we are going to invest in radio stations where we would be running classes across all levels.”
Adefisayo hoped government will be able to use the platform assist out of school children and get them to keep on learning though they are not in school.
She appreciated Gradely for partnering with government to support schools by offering 10, 000 students in public schools access to the LMS and personalized contents in partnership with some non-government organisations that provide the electronic devices for learning. The commissioner assured that the state policy would continue to be geared towards creating enabling environment for teaching and learning across all the schools both public and private.
Gradely is Africa’s first truly personalised learning platform that empowers educators and parents to make a positive impact and difference in their children’s learning journeys and produce more globally-competitive learners and resilient leaders.
So far, Gradely has been used by over 5,000 Nigerian parents and 200 schools and made achievements such as receiving “The Adaptive Learning Solution of the Year” 2020 Award by the Federal Ministry of Education and being a part of the Facebook FBStart Accelerator.
The firm also recently trained 5,000 Nigerian teachers on effective usage of Digital Learning Platforms and rewarded 100 schools with one-month free trials to the soon-to-be-launched LMS.