Two University of Ibadan students, Toheeb Ojuolape and Temilade Adelakun, have emerged winners of the Mentors4Edu global e-learning challenge.
The students who worked under “Team XChange” defeated other undergraduates from across the globe to become winners of the challenge, which had over 1,000 entries from entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, and student teams as participants.
Disclosing how he feels in an exclusive chat with The Transverse, CrrToheeb stated that, “I feel excited. We put in a lot of work in it; a lot of brainstorming sessions trying to solve the global e-challenge because Temilade and I have witnessed firsthand flaws in e-learning as well as its inadequacies.
“We are quite elated that we won and even more ecstatic about the launch of XChange on the 21st of this month. We look forward to making our idea work and actually solve real life problems.”
The global e-learning challenge aims to seek the most disruptive ideas for online learning, in order to bridge the gap in a world where credibility, certification, and universal accreditation is difficult to find, despite an existing large skill gap — especially in many developing countries.
Ojuolape added that, “The major problem with learning is that it is very expensive; less interactive and transparent; and insufficient to cater for the needs of people who do not have access to physical learning instructions.
“Our solution leverages on a peer-to-peer mutual learning network that allows for a transfer of skills between two or more people such that everyone is a learning partner. The platform would simply connect people for the purpose of skill sharing based on parameters such as skill proficiency, learning preference, location and experience. For instance, a computer programmer teaching a Chinese man in exchange for learning how to speak Mandarin (Chinese).”
Based on the team’s idea there would be a 40 percent increase in credibility and transparency of e-learning, 75 percent decrease in the cost of education and e-learning and 80 percent increase in rate of skill acquisition and knowledge sharing.
Ojuolape who is a student of petroleum engineering department is also a co-founder at Tell!, one of the start-ups listed by Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme for 2019; and his colleague, Temilade, is of mechanical engineering department.