What is a Learning Companion?

In the olden days, the rich has a dedicated person, called “shu1 tong2” – 书童 – to study with the rich man’s son.

Fast forward a few centuries, when human rights prevail, the tradition has long gone; the concept is still in existence in principle. Instead, students from Primary school to University have tuition teachers that come to their home or they will go to the centre at designated day and time, to be “tutored” on specific subjects. This is a by-product of the income-divide where the rich will be able to afford such “luxury” for their children; it has become more affordable, but still a sizeable quadrant of the family income.

Today, we want a digital learning companion that resides with your mobile device. We want it to be a friend, a tutor and a friend to share, guide and coach you to learn in your optimal capacity, and nudge you out of your comfort zone to fill the room of improvement that you are capable.

Learn more about The Learning Companion project challenge hosted at the Open Innovation Platform (OIP) by the Infocomm & Media Development Authority (IMDA) – Link Here. The PDF of the Problem Statement can be viewed HERE.

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