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Transforming online education: when open innovation disrupts the educational sector

Open innovation is a transformation strategy that is gaining traction across industries. Education is no exception, as HP’s BeOnline initiative, in partnership with Classera and Mirai, well shows.

Open innovation in the education sector benefits students, educational institutions and society in general. The HP BeOnline program, developed in partnership with Classera and Mirai combines and activates the expertise of each of these organizations to deliver a cutting-edge and powerful platform. BeOnline’s online learning pathways includes digital lesson plans, virtual assignments, e-attendance and e-assessment among other support functions.

Digital transformation has been driving progress across sectors and geographies for a while, but the need to fully embrace it is more obvious than ever in these days of confinement and business uncertainty. 

Open innovation’s potential to disrupt education

By allowing organizations to bring change from the outside, open innovation is a transformation strategy that is gaining traction across industries.

At a time when being online the right way, with the right tools and the right skills, is more of a necessity than a choice, opting for open innovation and collaborating with outside partners can unlock new products, services and value for all. 

While open innovation is often associated with firms involved in technology and e-commerce, the need to embrace this innovative mindset is crucial in the education sector too, where smart collaborations can help create more agile and more adaptable models benefitting students, educational institutions and society in general.

HP BeOnline: A unique partnership for a powerful platform 

Launched in March 2020, BeOnline is a full-fledged virtual learning environment helping schools and universities develop their distance learning capabilities quickly and easily by providing them with knowledge and tools at no cost until the end of the academic year. 

Part of HP’s commitment to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people globally by 2025, BeOnline is a perfect example of how using multiple sources of expertise is a great way to inject knowledge, drive change and tackle today’s challenges. Indeed, gathering with the right group of partners was key to its success. 

3 Major stakeholders for a unique partnership

Developed in partnership with learning management systems provider Classera and learning innovations group Mirai,  the HP BeOnline program uniquely combines and activates the expertise that each of these organizations brings to the table in order to deliver a cutting-edge and powerful platform. 

Mirai, that specializes in helping education professionals address technological disruptions and create modern pedagogical ecosystems, provides consultancy services from its diverse team of school leaders, technologists and teachers. 

Classera brings in a robust learning management solution, building on its experience in developing inspirational, intelligent, integrated and yet simple learning systems. 

Together, Mirai and Classera curate BeOnline’s online learning pathways, including digital lesson plans, virtual assignments, e-attendance and e-assessment among other support functions.

A remote learning ecosystem supporting schools and universities in the region

Meanwhile, not only does HP advises on BeOnline’s IT infrastructure and network capabilities through its channel partners; it also activates its pedagogy-oriented HP LIFE program – a set of 32 modules on business and technical skills for youngsters available online free of cost.

The result of this joint effort is a comprehensive remote learning ecosystem that provides welcome support to schools and universities in the region, empowering teachers and allowing students to continue learning at the time when they need it the most. It is also a clear demonstration of open innovation’s potential, where the power of collaboration yields tangible positive outcomes.

This article is brought to you by HP: visit https://enable.hp.com/BeOnline to learn more about HP’s BeOnline initiative.