Michael Spencer, Co-Founder & CEO of ASSIST Education & Advantages School International
Is it possible for the post-millennials to imagine a world without the internet? For a generation that thrives on social media, the answer is probably “no.” The surging use of digital media is changing the way people live their everyday life and this inspired a team of dedicated teachers to build a digital-only school, Advantages School International (ASI). Today, everybody wants tailor-made products, and thus ASI believes that education also needs to go beyond a “one-size-fits-all” approach to make it suitable for the fast-paced globalized world. This ideology brought ASI to life, a fully-accredited online K-12 education institution that offers flexibility to students with varying learning pace and lifestyles.
However, building an online school from the ground up without a financial investor is not a cakewalk, but the team remained undeterred. They did not want to navigate between multiple, (and costly) management solutions like student information system (SIS), learning management system (LMS), and content management system (CMS); so they built a single comprehensive management system in-house. In due course of time, the tools created for ASI’s operation were put together to form an integrated education management platform called ASSIST. Today, ASSIST has not only redefined digital curriculum management for ASI but has become a go-to solution provider for other schools and educational institutions, supporting online learning, globally. Here is how.
The ASSIST platform, as a turnkey solution, helps schools establish a digital presence with a versatile and diverse range of academic materials. The platform being content-agnostic, takes help from a panel of external content experts to add courses that meet industry standards. These study materials are made available to schools and students based on their academic goals and needs.
“If you can offer study materials and courses in a way that students want, they will embrace it willingly and become empowered to drive their own learning,” states Michael Spencer, CEO of ASSIST Education. Alongside, the platform’s online catalog and comprises a wide gamut of courses, students are preparing for their shift from school to college, and later, to a digitally sophisticated workplace.
Today, ASSIST has not only redefined school and digital content management for ASI, but has become a go-to solution provider for other schools and educational institutions, supporting online learning, globally
For schools that are just starting to create an online presence, they often work with different ed-tech platforms, which can be cumbersome and expensive. In such cases, ASSIST proves to be a one-stop shop for requirements on two levels—managing administrative tasks and assessing student performance. That said, ASSIST also ensures that the addition of new features to its robust platform is easy and less time-consuming.
Today, ASSIST has helped numerous educational institutions turn their game around. A case in point is a Mexican academy. The client was using several disparate systems to manage grades, curriculum, and student and teacher information, among others. As a result, organizing data for daily operations became time-consuming and for the workforce to navigate the separate systems across departments proved expensive. To alleviate these inefficiencies, the client implemented the ASSIST platform to integrate all administrative and curricular processes in a single system while allowing relevant data to be viewed by appropriate people.
At present, ASSIST boasts its presence throughout in East Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America and Africa, with a wide catalog of courses from these regions. Moving ahead, the technology team at ASSIST education is on a constant mission to add schools in those regions and stay digitally relevant. Together with that, the team is closer than ever to launching a master scheduler that assigns courses to students based on their performance data, and also digitalizing student and teacher document authentication on the ASSIST platform. In the near future, ASI aspires to implement a virtual whiteboard facility to facilitate seamless one-on-one online teaching.