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#Fighting Coronavirus: How ed-tech brands are helping students learn online

As schools and educational institutes are shut, a few ed-tech brand initiatives are helping students to cope up with studies during the crisis

With the coronavirus outbreak leading to a shutdown of educational institutions across the country, students are facing a difficult time keeping up with studies. Ed-tech platforms are trying to fill the gap between teachers and students with online classes that are safe and can get students hooked to learning.  

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Gradeup provides free online classes

Shobhit Bhatnahar

Gradeup recently launched their campaign #PadhaiNahiRukegi with an aim to teach topics that are covered in the first two months at school. The campaign will cater to students from classes 8 to 12 and those preparing for JEE and NEET. Talking about the initiative, Shobhit Bhatnagar, Co-founder and CEO, Gradeup, said, “We want to ensure students’ education should continue; their learning should go on uninterrupted.  Most schools open for new sessions around this time, but due to the crisis, it will be delayed by a few weeks. By offering these courses for free, we want to make sure that no student’s time is wasted.”

Gradeup is also providing free online lectures for students who are preparing for competitive examinations. “Students preparing for exams such as JEE and NEET are confined within the four walls of their home due to this pandemic. If they need any help or guidance, they can't go to their coaching/ tuition centres, the services they've already paid for. We at Gradeup are committed to providing free live classes and guidance to our students through our expert faculty, which include IIT graduates and doctors who have mentored lakhs of students,” Bhatnagar added.

Byju’s offering free access to its app

The online learning app Byju’s has offered free access to its online classes until the end of April. Students from class 1 to class III can access English and Maths lessons and classes IV to class XII can learn maths and science from the app. Students can download Byju's and Byju’s early learning app from playstore and get free access to its library. “Considering the rigour of the exam season, access to the learning programme will further assist and help students continue with their preparation for the year-end examinations,” said the company.

Toppr gives free access to live lectures

Zishaan Hayath

Toppr has announced that students can access free live and video lectures. Zishaan Hayath, CEO and Co-Founder, Toppr, said, “In view of the evolving situation around the coronavirus outbreak and given that schools are shut and studies interrupted, we are making Toppr’s live classes completely free for all students in Vth-XIIth classes. Besides this, our video classes have always been available as a free learning resource. We hope to overcome this situation soon. Meanwhile, students can log on to toppr.com to catch up on their studies from the comfort and safety of their homes.”

Unacademy announces free lectures for students undertaking competitive examinations

The ed-tech platform is offering free lectures for students who are undertaking competitive examinations like UPSC, Railway and Banking. “We are bringing together our entire network of educators to conduct free live classes for learners across the nation to help them crack their goals unobstructed. We want learners to utilise this time to take precautions against the coronavirus outbreak and learn from the comfort of their homes. We will support the education system in every way possible to weather the storm and provide these classes to each learner who wants to utilise our platform to study. If the situation persists beyond March, we will look at extending these free live classes to April and May as well.”

Upgrad to build a live learning platform

Upgrad announced that they have teamed up with agora.io to launch Upgrad live platform. Upgrad has announced free access to the platform to all colleges, universities, NGOs and Government bodies.

Mayank Kumar

"At upGrad we have taken a strong shift to Learning Experience 2.0 which will be largely driven by the core objective of delivering personalisation and outcomes for our learners. Building a live platform was a step in enhancing the learning experience. We had evaluated several possible solutions but chose Agora.io because it is reliable and delivers high-quality content despite network, mobile and geographical challenges. A huge deciding factor in choosing Agora was their dedicated local team that continuously stays on top of their game, striving to ensure the very best of services rendered," said Mayank Kumar, Co-Founder and MD, upGrad.

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