How an Edtech Startup Democratizes Quality Learning Contents across Vietnam



IKEMSO is an Edtech startup focusing on delivering massive and personalized learning materials to students from different backgrounds, in-or-out of brick and mortar classrooms. Leveraging technology, they can connect seamlessly to both school’s existing systems and serve as an independent learning platform to provide students with tailored learning journeys.



COMMUNICATING THE WHY



Young learners in Vietnam, especially outside of big cities, still have difficulties accessing diverse and high-quality educational resources that are tailored to their needs. The gap of quality education varies not only among different provinces and cities, but also across different schools within a province.


Many students still do not have access to sufficient, high-quality, systemized and internationally benchmarked K-12 contents, especially at low costs. The root causes include the ubiquitous income gap, incompatible economic growth rates within Vietnam, the limitation of content R&D capabilities, and the lack of adaptive learning management systems.


The problems are intensified for public schools, big-sized classes and disadvantaged social-economic groups. This further leads to unequal opportunities in children's later life and the gap we mentioned earlier keeps widening. The vicious circle continues.

Covid-19 exacerbated all of these problems when all schools were forced to go with the only viable option: Online Learning. We, at IKEMSO, see this challenge as opportunities to reimagine how we learn.



CREATING A PLATFORM FOR ALL LEARNERS


Starting out as a small online platform for students to develop their mathematical skills, we see it outgrew its promises when lots of students from underserved communities leveraged it and became top scorers in the IKMC (International Kangaroo Math Contest) in Vietnam. From that ground, we believe that accessibility to quality materials could abridge lots of existing gaps in the Education landscape.


IKEMSO platform offers students from all backgrounds and schools of all segments the gateway to high-quality and effective personalized teaching-learning resources that are closely aligned to the national curriculum and benchmarked with international standards.




LEARNING ANYWHERE, ANYTIME


Besides students, teachers and school leaders can also benefit from our adaptive teaching-learning management systems embedded within the platform, even in environments that have previously been strangled by big class sizes and low rate of technological adoption.


For schools and teachers, the platform can facilitate both online and in-class teaching by using built-in or self-uploaded lectures and personalized homework. For students, they are encouraged to be active learners. They can take ownership of their self-paced learning by following through lessons and practices with separate question banks.


Both teachers and learners have data-driven analytical tools to better their performance.

IKEMSO's uniqueness lies in our investment in content quality and user-friendly interfaces, which, once scaled up, can become a one-stop hub for teaching and learning processes. The larger the scale, the lower the costs and the more students benefit, especially socio-economically disadvantaged groups.





LEARNING TOGETHER, WITHOUT GITLCHING


We prevent system overloading by utilizing Serverless Computing technology of AWS (Amazon Web Service).


Put it simply, the learning server will automatically expand to match the number of students that are learning. It ensures a smooth experience for all users, at all times.


For data storage, we organize the storage contents (lecture records, slides, questions and such) on an independent service called Contents Bank. We provide APIs, so that other platforms can easily connect to our Contents Bank effortlessly. We also utilize Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) to ensure scalability, availability, security, and performance of data. By using this service, we can easily provide independent storage to schools, so that they can store their private data effectively.


 

Technology serves as the catalyst for all of those efforts we put in narrowing the education gaps. We believe that education is not a privilege but a right. Any child should find high-quality education accessible and affordable.


And we are walking the walk to make it not merely a statement, but the reality.