Over the past decade, technology has increasingly become an influential force in the daily lives of people across the world, continuously widening its hold regardless of race or economic status. According to the Guardian newspaper, more than 2 billion of us now have access to the internet and 5 billion of us own mobile phones.
Before, distance, time and money were among the biggest barriers to education. However, technological innovations have given rise to long-distance, digital learning, thereby increasing access to education and allowing people to improve their lives and have a positive impact in their workplace and local communities.
Whether it be consumer education, human resources training, academic subjects and continuing education, among others, digital learning allows busy people to learn at their own pace and seek a teaching style that is effective for them.
Established in 2004, LTT Global is a pioneer in mobile learning and learning experience portals, or LXPs, steadily building a reputation for excellence that won several awards for the company over the past 14 years. Husband and wife Dr. Wemel Cumavoo and Rani Wemel founded the company with a mission to empower individuals and transform organizations by making learning accessible and affordable, after realizing that more people had mobile phones than computers.
“We started by teaching English using the SMS platform on the black and white Nokia phone. We rolled out SMS-ME-ENGLISH, an innovative way to learn English by making it easy, fun, fast and practical. This earned us an award as Top Innovator at the GSM Mobile Innovation Summit 2007 in Macau. The following year, it won us the MSC Malaysia-Ericsson CR Innovation Awards,” recalled Wemel, a former law lecturer.
“We also became the Preferred Learning Partner of Telekom Malaysia because of the success of the program. Also, we conducted a pilot program for Hospitality Program students from China with Open University Malaysia and received our World’s First Certificate in Mobile Learning for English Proficiency,” she added.
In 2013 LTT Global launched MyMobileUniversity, a global initiative aimed at developing an innovative, world-class, one-stop learning portal, after Cumavoo and Wemel read a global study by Telefonica that adults between 18 and 30-years-old said access to technology and education would bring them out of poverty and ensure success for them.
“We curated and organized quality learning content from Massive Open Online Course providers (MOOC), Open Source and Contents for Public Use. In 2017, we shifted MyMobileUniversity to serve as a for-profit social enterprise to make it a sustainable business. LTT Global also recognized its social responsibility and offer scholarships to eligible individuals, SMEs and NGOs,” Cumavoo explained.
Mobile learning has become an effective and cost-efficient solution that complements learning and training. Today's students and employees require specialized knowledge and skills to adapt to changes in the workplace and around the world and remain productive. ‘Learning on the go’ has become a crucial ingredient to professional success.
LTT Global’s learning portals are also in line with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and Malaysia’s HRDF National Workforce Human Capital Development Blueprint 2018-2025, which focus on teaching new and various skills to its citizens so that they remain relevant and competitive in today’s global knowledge economy. LTT Global has also been tapped as a key learning partner for projects in Indonesia, Nepal, Liberia, Uganda, India and Nigeria, among others.
LTT Global was also invited to the U.N. High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2017 because of its initiatives to promote SDGs, like ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education. It was also mentioned by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as one of the Southeast Asian companies with responsible and inclusive business policies.
Because of its strong record on promoting diversity and inclusivity, LTT Global works with several NGOs around the world to develop under represented communities. The company has had a positive impact on women, children, unemployed graduates, refugees and people with special needs. It is, likewise, a Content Partner for Microsoft Malaysia’s M-Powered Portal, a first such resource in ASEAN that empower people with special needs.
LTT Global is reaching out to individuals, the academe, as well as the public and private sectors to join its upcoming “Learn and Care Campaign” this year. For every paid subscription, LTT Global will give a free subscription to an underprivileged individual. It also has sponsorship packages that can support a community or an NGO.
LTT Global also recently launched its latest service, STEMCareer, which provides various services, such as web consulting and website management.
“Our MyMobileUniversity is a totally self-funded initiative and any kind of help and support is greatly appreciated,” Cumavoo said.