BIMCO, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and Videotel have partnered to create an accessible educational resource to help maritime students across the globe to continue their studies remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
The ICS Online Academy is free for all registered users until the end of July 2020 and will enable students to use e-learning material jointly produced by BIMCO and Videotel in preparation for ICS exams.
“The ICS Academy is a really unique project which has allowed BIMCO and Videotel to collaborate with the institute for the benefit of the maritime community, especially students who are struggling to stay on track with their learning during the current crisis,” said Julie Lithgow, director of ICS.
The Academy was soft-launched earlier this year and has already been tested by over 300 students from locations as varied as Lagos, Kenya, Singapore, Tanzania, the UK and Canada. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers made the decision to bring forward the scheduled launch of the project to assist students suffering as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus.
The ICS Online Academy can be accessed via computer using the following link https://icsonline.academy/ or using the free Moodle app for both iOS and Android. The learning platform is specifically designed to support learners in developing countries. Users in locations with poor or unstable connectivity are able to download courses, work offline and submit their work when reconnected.