Following the launch of the PASCO Learning Application this morning, the 2eweboys team had a quick sit down with one of the developers of the app to get the full gist of the story behind the app and also ask all the questions our readers would like answers to about the application.
Read the interview below, try the application out and more importantly share this story to promote the work of these young men.
2EB: What is Pasco?
Isaac: Pasco is a service which allows students to get access to past test questions from their smartphones. The app is currently in beta and available only Android as at now.
2EB: Who are the brains behind Pasco and what is the motivation behind the development of the app?
Isaac: The Pasco Development team consists of 4 guys. Isaac Sesi is a Front End developer, Abdul-Latif Amadu is a graphic designer and Full Stack Developer, Peter Adu and Kwaku Tabiri are mobile developers
Studying with past test questions is a part of students’ academic lives on Campus… Being IT guys, we figured that we could transform the way students study by making it easy for them to get access to these questions, foster collaborative learning among students and make learning more fun.
We were also disgusted by the way students resort to rote memorization techniques of test answers in anticipation of getting the same questions for exams so we decided to create a platform which will make the student more interested in learning and understanding course content than just memorising a bunch of answers.
So we created Pasco and included an important feature which will help students discuss and understand course content
2EB: Who can use Pasco and how does Pasco Work?
Isaac: Pasco is targeted at students in tertiary institutions. We are piloting in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and will add-on more
Users download the app, sign up and add courses to their Pasco library. Each course has a number of tests. Tests include mid-semester exams, end of semester exams, quizzes, and assignments.
Courses can be bought with Pasco Credit, the in-app virtual currency used in Pasco.
Each user is given some Pasco credit when they sign up. But more Pasco credit can be bought from the app.
2EB: Is the Pilot free?
Isaac: The pilot is free but is only available in KNUST to a selected number of students. To join the pilot students can register on our website, www.pascoapp.com/signup
2EB: Which Programmes/Courses are in the pilot?
Isaac: The following courses from KNUST are available in the beta version. Communication Skills (ENGL157), Elements of Economics (ECON151), Applied Electricity (EE151), Mathematics I (MATH151), Basic Mechanics (ME161, Mathematics III (MATH 251), Introductory Economics I (ECON151), Accounting I (CSM157), Numerical Analysis (MATH351), Statistics I (MATH353), Engineering Economics and Management (ME491.
We’ll often be adding more courses as the semester progresses
2EB: How do you get questions?
Isaac: The questions in the app are crowd-sourced from student and users. Anyone can send questions through our online questions upload form. We do not own the questions submitted.
2EB: Does Pasco give answers to questions?
Isaac: No. We do not give answers. But users can comment on questions or send answers through the discussion section for each question and we will show you a summary of what answers other users gave.
One goal of Pasco is to make learning more fun and foster collaborative studies among students. Providing answers directly in the app defeats that purpose.
2EB: Since Pasco is a mobile app, are there some particular phones that one can’t use the app?
Isaac: We are currently developing for Android so all Android phones running Android 4.1 upwards will be able to run the app. We will include an IOS app as time goes on
2EB: Where do you see Pasco in the next few years? How long are you piloting in KNUST? And when shall you break into other institutions?
Isaac: We see Pasco being an indispensable learning tool for every student in tertiary institutions in Ghana within the next 2 to 3 years.
The pilot in KNUST will run until the end of this semester (December 2016). A full service will launch in January 2017. Afterwards, we will look at getting into other institutions outside Ghana.
2EB: Thank you, Isaac, for your time.
Isaac: Thank you