eThink launches in Nigeria through partnership with SmartAlliance Consulting

11 April 2018 Authored by Consultancy.africa

Nigerian education consulting firm SmartAlliance Consulting has been recruited by an official partner of two major Learning Management Systems (LMS); Ethink Education. The partnership will work together to introduce eThink’s operations in Nigeria, promoting widespread accessibility as well as providing state-of-the-art educational tools and mechanisms.
 
The two major trends that characterise the current scenario in Africa are an extremely young population in need of education, and the rapid spread of internet and digital access. Combine the two, and one gets the ideal recipe for an e-learning environment.
 
Nigeria is home to the continent’s largest population and the biggest economy, which endows it with the resources required to experiment with this new paradigm; to which end Nigerian firms have already begun targeted efforts. Late last year, Information Communication Technology (ICT) specialist firm Bilyak Consulting launched a digital education app by the name of mAcademy.

Now, global e-learning solutions firm eThink has also recognised the potential in the country, launching in partnership with local education consultancy SmartAlliance Consulting. Based out of Baltimore, eThink is a global education technology firm, which offers e-learning models, customer support for the same, and customised solutions.
 
For the latter, the firm leverages its partnerships with two internationally recognised LMS’; Moodle and Totara. LMS’ are essentially software platforms that are designed to facilitate training and educational programmes, evolving to deliver study materials, conduct tests, track progress, and record grades and other information.
 
Launched in 2002, Moodle is an open-source LMS, which allows for customisation of learning modules as well as the use of data analytics to determine and improve learning outcomes, employed by more than 100 million users across the world. Moodle also offers consulting services, support, training, and certification, the last of which has been bestowed upon eThink. 

eThink + SmartAlliance
 
Totara is a similar LMS, endowed with cloud capabilities, and endorsed by more than 8.5 million users across the world, including high-profile partners such as the NHS, Sony and Tesco. Leveraging these systems, eThink has been successful in expanding across North America and the Caribbean, and has now become the first Moodle Partner in Nigeria with its entry into the lucrative African market.
 
The entry has been made possible through a partnership with Nigerian consulting firm SmartAlliance Consulting, which works with educational and vocational training institutions across the world, offering services such as executive education enrolment, education advisory and consultancy, undergraduate and graduate enrolment, as well as visa and travel support.
 
The firm is based in Abuja, and has previously worked with illustrious clients such as the University of Edinburgh, the Fortis Academy, and Sustainable Business Initiative. Together, the two firms will offer services across all stages of education, from K-12 to higher education, corporate education and training, and even government training.
 
The firms will focus on optimising the learning process, working on flexibility and increased mobility, allowing for time saved on the part of students as well as teachers. The partnership will also be aided by eThink’s African Learning Network, which extends beyond borders and allows for the free exchange of ideas, resources, and learning experiences.
 
Commenting on the new partnership, Brian Carlson, Co-Founder of eThink said, “Our team looks forward to working with Smart Alliance Consulting to support eLearning initiatives in schools, universities, and businesses in Africa. Moodle offers accessibility, flexibility, and the opportunity to innovate when it comes to how learners can engage with educational content, allowing for an easier and more thorough sharing of knowledge.”
 
Meanwhile, Senior Partner at SmartAlliance Consulting, Ekpolador-ebi Koinyan, said, “We look forward to working with eThink to help spread Moodle adoption in Africa. This strategic partnership between eThink Education and Smart Alliance Consulting aims to broaden the spectrum of successes projected for education in Nigeria by accelerating education and preparing for a digital future in a competitive global landscape.”

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