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Given the tough circumstances traditional educational and training institutions find themselves in due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, many organisations are turning to online solutions. In the past few weeks, eBusiness Systems (eBS) and the Malta Institute of Management (MIM), a non-profit making professional body for managers and people aspiring to work in management, extended their long-standing collaboration arrangements. They entered into an agreement for the immediate provision of eB-Learn, the award winning and proven online eLearning solution provided by eBS. This collaboration and prompt on-boarding enables MIM to continue to deliver online its current highly reputable courses. The fast transition, due to the close collaboration of staff at eBS, MIM and the tutors, ensured that students continued to follow the programmes online without any break in schedules. This fast upload of content and commissioning, was primarily due to the flexibility of the eB-Learn platform. This allows for various combinations of self-learning and collaborative learning options for programmes and courses. These options include extensive interactive video conferencing, document dissemination, evaluation and peer-to-peer discussions as well as full VLE functionality.

Ms. Bridget Borg, Director General of MIM confirmed that the MIM team were fully committed to keep on offering pioneering courses, by means of a smooth transition to elearning to ensure that students are fully supported in their studies. She commented that “The eb-Learn platform provided MIM with an excellent web-based infrastructure to ensure quality delivery of courses during uncertain times. It will also present MIM with further opportunities to deliver quality programmes on Management, Leadership and Taxation to an international audience”. Ms. Borg also commented favourably on the effectiveness of the eBS team, led by Mr. Nicholas D’Alessandro, Managing Director of eBusiness Systems. She stated that she was “very impressed not only with the functionality of the platform, but with the full support provided to us by eBS in training and assisting our staff and tutors to use the system in such a short time”. Through the new elearning platform, MIM will hold weekly live video conference sessions. These online sessions will allow the tutors and students to interact and discuss course materials in a convenient manner.

Mr. D’Alessandro expressed his satisfaction with the enthusiasm and exceptional commitment of the MIM team in making the transition to online learning so quickly. Following directives restricting gathering of persons in classrooms, MIM responded in no time, in order to safeguard students and tutors while resuming the delivery of top standard courses. eBS were able to provide the infrastructure to ensure that its staff could telework and prepare and deliver the relevant course work. Mr. D’Alessandro confirmed that “this project reflects commitment to leverage state-of-the-art online technologies, such as eB-Learn to provide effective solutions to organisations changing requirements. The eB-Learn solution can also be linked to our web-based Business Management platform, eB-ISP, for full management and control of telework operations”.