During his visit to the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Commonwealth Secretary General His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma launched Aptus – a device set designed by COL that allows educators and learners to connect to digital learning platforms and content without the need for grid electricity or internet access.
Aptus is mobile, lightweight, and packs into a small box, but carries massive potential. The small setup can host up to 32GB of educational content and facilitate interactive, virtual learning anywhere – whether in a remote rural village or on a vast university campus. The result is a classroom without walls that can be set up within minutes and accessed by any learner with a laptop, tablet or mobile device.
Aptus has quickly attracted the attention of educators, institutions and governments who are committed to expanding the reach of modern education, but lack the resources and connectivity to do so effectively. This simple and compact solution is low cost – all components can be sourced for under $80 – and built on open source operating systems and platforms, making it adaptable and customizable to any learning context.