It’s only recently that we featured Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, an young Nigerian in the diaspora who’s a co-founder to a promising startup called Bookneto. We got wind of yet another startup by yet another Nigerian, Gossy Ukanwoke. Students Circle Network is a social network bringing together students from all over the world.
Students Circle Network (SCN) allows students to interact and communicate over educational resources, making education and learning more social and human by giving:
- Over 10,000 FREE course resources – http://studentscircle.net/live/academic-resources
- Social Connections (chat, inbox, images, video, audio, status) – http://studentscircle.net/live/
- Study Groups – students can schedule online study times together and study from all over the world in real-time voice and video conferencing. – http://studentscircle.net/live/groups
- University Placements and Scholarship Offers.
There is an increased use of colloboration networks in education, all over the world .The primary goal of the students circle network is to allow students improve on their academica by creating a community of academic oriented students to share ideas, have project discussions and network.
One can earn points by using the network. These points can be redeemed from partner stores and sponsors through various campaigns and structures.
SCN currently provides over 10,431 courses from over 200 OpenCourseWare member universities for free to member in Business, Computing, Engineering, Sciences and Humanities. SCN is also a member of the OpenCourseWare Consortium this gives us unparalleled access to over 200 universities globally.
The social network is growing rapidly and so far has netted over 2 million hits since its inception!
Founder, Gossy was featured in an interview with VC4Africa where he shed more insight on Students Circle Network.
“Our business idea is to integrate social experiences and free open online learning. This will enabe students to have that ‘classroom effect’ when studying and interacting with educators. This will drive better learning and e-education.We are particularly excited about the African market because our materials come from the top global 200 Universities and these resources will be helpful for the creation of local content in Africa.
We are building an army, as I refer to our College Rep Volunteer program, where we pick a student from every university or college to represent the Students Circle Network. We give them the opportunity to work with a global company, give them exposure and the ability to get experience in the corporate field. They in turn represent Students Circle Network, hold live events and meet with the school management on Students Circle affairs.”
Why is your idea unique?
“Our idea is unique because we have gone a step ahead of the regular online education. We have also gone a step ahead of the normal social networking as we have found a unique way of mating these two markets in one. Most importantly is our membership with the OpenCourseWare Consortium, which gives us access to unlimited course resources that we have ordered and prepared in the best usable way for students.We also partner with individual schools to provide our premium academic solutions to them for free, giving them exposure on our network and help them get across to our over 200,000 prospective student list. They in turn help us grow within their institution.”
What are the key milestones achieved to date?
– We launched our Beta website on June 1 2010
– Usage by over 5,000 students – October 2010
– OCWC Membership – November 2010
– Public Service – December 2010
– Over 1 Million Visits – December 2010
– Over 2 Million Visits – January 2011
– Averaging over 50,000 visits daily – January 2011
Who is your target audience?
“High school students, university students and teachers/researchers/graduate workers. We reach out to high schools and high school students to provide them with our special pre-collegiate program for free. This program lets college students test run college program courses prior to their resumption into college. They can now decide whether they will still go ahead in that field or make a change.
University students can access our unlimited resources and use them for reference and help in their current academic programs. They can also interact with the professors on our network when they need help in assignments or projects.
Teachers/ Researchers/ Graduate Workers can access our resources for their research considering that educational contents are changing daily and they need to keep abreast with current information on their disciplines in the case that they need to research or teach.”