In Trinidad & Tobago, we pride ourselves in quality education. It is also known that even in the most educated of spheres there are always those who are left behind. They suffer the collateral damage of an overly sped and cultured education system that moves "as fast as the fastest student". Essentially, not much room left for the slower learner--or might we say, different learner, to learn at their pace. We believe that education should be adaptable and flexible to accommodate the student and not the other way around.
Our goal as a start-up is to hone the power of the ubiquitous internet to target students at high school level, 1st and 2nd year university students and adult beginner learners who may have difficulty in subject areas in their journey toward completing their education - at whatever level.
We want to build an eLearning website/portal that provides a bold and necessary support to mainstream academic education for all learners, especially those who struggle to keep up. The new environment (particularly to 1st year freshmen students) tends to sometimes have an intimidating and consequently, a debilitating effect on their ability to focus and adjust...most times negatively impacting their study success in these formative semesters/months. We want to provide a means of support through what we call "engaging eLearning".
Isn't eLearning already available all over the internet? Why this?
True, eLearning is not a new phenomenon. But, besides its rapid growth and popularity worldwide, local options do not exist for our Trinbagonian students. Google, the authority in internet searches tends to index sites and return localised search results. We have very few sites of said kind if any, in our local online landscape.
Added to this, we need educational sites that are geared toward local learning in both content and context. While general academic principles are universal, because of the context of our learning here in Trinidad and Tobago and regionally, we need to make localised and specific training available to our students.
Anything of REAL value costs
Additional to this; quality programmers, editors, instructional designers, content creators, web designers, support, hosting, marketing et al, all have a significant cost attached to it. To build this overall site though is a huge project and, as you can realize, it comes at a cost even though we try to use the best and most economical tools in IT. This is a startup education based business and we would be charging a reasonable fee to students to access this membership site. This would be to help us run the site on an ongoing basis and be able to pay staff etc. We are of the firm belief that whilst we can offer it free, people tend to value things a lot more if they pay for it, especially education - as the more excellent things in life are of some kind of value.
We would love your help in making this dream a reality and provide an answer to this need that we KNOW exists locally in our country of Trinidad & Tobago. We want to dub the name of our site - triniversity.com
Thanks for all of your help