Jamaica-based e-learning provider One on One Educational Services has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of The Bahamas that will allow the institution to offer over 6,000 classes online.
“This MOU partnership will make available online courses and programmes within The Bahamas and other Caribbean [jurisdictions], using the One On One e-Learning Platform. Its aim will be far-reaching to those who are seeking online learning opportunities,” Dr Rodney Smith, president of the university, stated in a press release.
“In addition, I am thrilled to announce that through Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning (CELEARN), online courses will also be offered to a wider Caribbean Market. This initiative supports the University’s vision to increase course content and enrolment through access to online platforms,” he added.
Students can access online professional development courses beginning this summer, the president clarified. After registering for courses, students can access classes whenever they wish through One on One’s on-demand service.
Since its incorporation in 2013, One on One has provided e-learning services with the aim of empowering over one million Caribbean residents through knowledge and skills development through its online platform. The company provides solutions to several sectors including education, finance, manufacturing, and government.
According to One on One’s founder, president and CEO Ricardo Allen, “An educated workforce with easy access to continued education is vital for any country to survive, especially during this age of digital transformation [and] as we continue to navigate this season of uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. We must be nimble so we can adapt to the changes that come and so, as industry leaders, it is important that we demonstrate the power and potential of collaboration and cooperation.”
In its bid to become a nimble technology company, One on One announced in March that it had partnered with Flow, through the Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation, to provide access to the comprehensive virtual education platform in 14 Caribbean territories.
However, while Regional Business Development Manager Alyssa MooYoung admits that the partnership has helped the company to secure the deal with the University of The Bahamas, she pointed to previous work done by the company in that country.
“We were placed in a strategic position to react quickly to the need for virtual schooling in The Bahamas during the COVID-19 pandemic; this was not only through the BTC partnership (Flow Bahamas but also due to previous work we completed in The Bahamas during our hurricane relief efforts in previous years,” she told Caribbean Business Report.
“Our dedication to The Bahamas over the years has given us this opportunity for the University of The Bahamas to offer their courses virtually through 1on1XL platform, which is dedicated to tertiary and professional studies,” she continued.
Though tight-lipped on how the MOU will add to the company’s bottom line, MooYoung disclosed that both partners can expect to benefit mutually from the long-standing agreement through increased revenue.
She also believes that other Caribbean universities and colleges stand to benefit from the 1on1XL Platform due to the accessibility that it provides not just regionwide but also globally. Furthermore, the business development manager pointed out that tertiary institutions in the region “offer a wide array of highly accredited courses”.
“Given the current pandemic we have been faced with, this is set to become the new normal for higher education,” MooYoung reasoned.
When Caribbean Business Report asked if One on One has plans to engage other regional tertiary institutions, she responded in the affirmative.
“One on One Educational Services has recently signed a number of universities and professional institutions, both locally in Jamaica as well as throughout the Caribbean, with many more to come in the near future,” MooYoung revealed.