Francesco Carante, Co-Founder & COO & David Conforti, Co-founder & CEO
In recent times, organizations are undergoing profound cultural transformation processes, which usually implies reskilling and upskilling of hundreds and thousands of their employees. In fact, one billion employees will need to be reskilled in the next decade, according to the latest estimates by the World Economic Forum. However, upskilling and reskilling are huge challenges for organizations as they need the right content and experts in place to help reinvent people skills aligning with business goals. As an on-demand content curation service, OfCourseMe allows learning departments to outsource the creation of personalized learning paths in line with the reskilling and upskilling needs of the business. The company offers a combination of technology, consisting of a search and recommendation engine which classifies over 400,000 pieces of content from over 800 sources in more than 20 languages with human intelligence, curating custom learning paths and collections. Its content qualification team meticulously assesses the accessibility and usability of the contents. “OfCourseMe makes it easier for organizations to reinvent themselves, no matter where they are and what they do,” says Davide Conforti, Co-founder and CEO of OfCourseMe.
Typically, OfCourseMe comes into the picture when organizations create new business plans that include either changes in corporate values or massive digital transformation initiatives. For instance, if an automotive company selling cars wants to provide services related to cars, then they need to reskill and upskill their employees to sell and provide a completely different package, which can be an overwhelming task.
OfCourseMe acts as the ideal outsourcing partner for such companies by providing mobile-friendly technology (suitable for current times of COVID-19) as well as a vast array of content. The company’s webapp is a mobile-first environment which allows learners to quickly search and compare online courses from a plethora of sources; they also receive recommendations, either AI-powered and based on prior interactions or human from the LnD department or from their peers. Once a learner picks up a course she likes, this can be added to a personal plan which is assembled and maintained over time by the learner itself, so that she is responsible and in charge of her upskilling plan. The learner is at the very core of the experience, empowered to determine her future and supported at each step.
In an instance, Vodafone Global was looking at a smart way to integrate a wide pre-organized set of learning assets freely available on the Web within their online University. OfCourseMe was able to power up their learning ecosystem with thousands of quality learning assets, served in all the languages they needed, within their platform with only one integration. Almost three months later, all 100,000 Vodafone employees could search, browse and compare MOOCs from Coursera, edX and Future Learn aside of inspirational talks on TED or video lessons on Udemy, and the like, all from within their platform. “We complement the learning ecosystem that clients have already successfully built over time. That is why we position ourselves as a curation outsourcing as-a-service, to be integrated into the existing learning technologies that learners are already familiar with,” says Francesco Carante, Co-founder and COO.
With the pandemic forcing the Edtech industry to become pragmatic and nimble, OfCourseMe proved to be beneficial to them by taking care of all content-related activities enabling clients to focus on more urgent tasks. Similarly, the company is looking to add more content while improving curation capabilities. On the geographical front, OfCourseMe plans to expand beyond Europe to the U.S., Canada, India, and China. “Ultimately, our mission is to empower people to fulfill themselves by making learning accessible, personal and fun,” concludes Conforti.