Local e-learning platform Kytte offers offline accessibility, mini-lessons and more

Online learning has been one of the main talking points of 2020, with every sector adapting to the pandemic. The immediate need to have online and/or remote platforms (such as television and radio) was pressing and it was taken from the highest offices in the country to startups to find solutions. We’ve seen quite a bit of innovation in this space from established Udemy players and the emergence of new players like Learning Factory, JUA Kickstarter finalists Bryt Knowledge, Smooth Lectures, Dzidzo Paden | Imfundwe’ndlini and many more. Just when I thought the e-learning platform movement might be dying down, another startup threw its hat in the ring and called itself Kytte.

Who/What is Kytte and what does it offer?

The startup says it “helps you learn in an effective and engaging way. A learning experience centered around your unique needs makes it easier for you to excel in school.But what exactly does that mean?

Well, the folks at Kytte have designed their courses to operate on four principles:

  • Small digestible lessons – the startup says it has adapted its courses to focus on a single program objective. This is something they hope will help students understand the concepts effortlessly.
  • Preservation – following a strict guideline, Kytte’s learning content wants to offer intelligibility and conciseness to facilitate the understanding of concepts, regardless of their complexity.
  • Progressive evaluation – At the end of each lesson, the platform assesses your mastery of the concepts you have just read. According to Kytte, this approach gives students a head start in exam preparation and helps personalize the learner’s journey.
  • Immediate reactions – Kytte is able to mark answers to multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, and structured questions. Each time you take a test, the app instantly scores your answers and gives you feedback.

So we’re off to a good start, as these are among the key areas that students and parents are looking for from an online learning platform. However, it doesn’t stop there, Kytte also offers an offline mode which means you can access your learning materials from your device without needing to connect to the internet.

The learning experience on Kytte is fully available offline. You’re welcome.

Kytte, under its Frequently Asked Questions tab

On the curriculum side, the platform offers 6 subjects, Biology, Heritage Studies, Economics, Computer Science, Mixed Sciences and Commerce. These programs are for ZIMSEC O Level students. However, Kytte says she is working on courses for ZJC and elementary learners.

How much does all this cost?

Kytte is a subscription-based platform with prices starting at ZWL$299.00 per topic or if you want everything it offers, the payout is ZWL$1,299.00 per month. If you want to check Kytte, you can do it on their website and the platform is also available on the Google Play Store (link here).

Are there too many online learning platforms in Zimbabwe?

It’s something I thought about but the answer at the end of my internal battle was no. Indeed, we need as much competition as possible in the space to drive innovation. If there are only a handful of sites and apps, we’ll be locked into a few ways students can learn. The more platforms, the better for Zimbabwean students, as they can assess which platforms work best for their use case, which forces other players to raise the bar and pushes those who conquered a segment of the market to raise their standards to stay relevant.

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Last year, we had the opportunity to chat with the EduExpert team. The startup has big ambitions for the future of the education sector in Zimbabwe. You can listen to or download this conversation with the player below or by clicking the link here.

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