Four years ago, Rayvan Ho went door to door to 20 schools, hoping to sell virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content to enhance the learning experience. However, no one bought the idea. “Nobody [then] believed digitalisation is the way, because a lot of people feel that this violates or dilutes the content, and it’s not a way of learning,” Ho, the founder and CEO of education technology start-up ACKTEC Technologies, told The Edge Singapore in a recent interview.

But times change and schools are adopting. This is especially after Covid-19 arrived, as the pandemic has disrupted livelihoods. Students and workers alike have also not been spared, as social distancing measures have upended the conventional practice of centralised training lessons.

Sensing an opportunity, ACKTEC — armed with a $1 million backing, courtesy of angel investors who Ho declined to name — developed and launched a new platform they call ACKTEC KQwest, which was launched on July 31. The learning marketplace connects industrial partners that are developing accredited, immersive-learning courses with learners across Asia. KQwest digitalises courses by industry partners and accredited learning institutions, and converts them to bite-sized immersive learning content, connecting them with learners with training that is immediately applicable and relevant to their work demands and learning targets.

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