Pulse Wants To Connect African Universities, Lecturers and Students Together
For years, African universities have had no form of on-line student services that provide information and connected lecturers to their students and vice versa.
Instead, students have depended solely on notice boards within their departments and around University campuses, in-class announcements and mouth to mouth communication, for information.
But here comes Pulse, a social/geo-location platform that aims to reshape the way education is served in Africa and make African education more social and enjoyable. The service (launching soon in private beta) would allow any university to own and operate its own high-end online students services at a low cost, without having to deploy any technical infrastructure.
Pulse would also allow University lecturers to communicate faster and cheaper to their students and enable students to receive updates from their teachers and classmates via SMS, web or email.
Here are some of the features to expect from Pulse:
- Professor notifications – This feature will allow users receive exclusive updates from your real lecturers on: test dates, assignments, handouts to buy, etc as well as purchase and sell any study material via Pulse.
- SMS notifications – Users on Pulse will be notified for every update sent to their Pulse profile, so you don’t necessarily need an Internet connection to use Pulse.
- Mobile/Tablet-enabled - You can use Pulse on any Internet-enabled device including Nokia, iPhone, iPad and Android.
- Geo-location – Pulse gives you the possibility to share with your close friends, where you are and lets them know what you’re doing.
- Event Notification - The service helps you reduce your dependence on notice boards or in-class announcements, and receive every update via Pulse.
- Social Networks – If you have several social media accounts, Pulse gives you the possibility to connect all into one space, so you don’t need multiple sign-ins into all your social media accounts.
The first private beta invites for the service would be sent out on the 1st of August and we can’t wait to start testing this new and unique service, as we’re sure you can’t wait too.
Pulse was co-founded by four Cameroonian entrepreneurs: Leslie Tita, William Takor, Laurence Nara and Quincy Kwende.
Below are some screenshots of what the service will look like when launched: