With education becoming more and more accessible through technology, Arist plans to bring it to phone SMS for the first time.
While studying abroad in the Middle East as a freshmen, Michael Ioffe got involved in running a non-profit organization that promotes entrepreneurial conversation called TILE with Yemenite students. It was there that Ioffe found himself trying to solve the problem of making education more accessible in war-torn countries such as Yemen. The answer to the problem he concluded with was “text”. Eventually Ioffe’s ambition led him to the founding of Arist with his Babson friends, the world’s first “text” university.
Arist in the 21st century is incredibly innovative in how it works to provide the accessibility of education. There are two essential aspects that come to play with what Arist is trying to accomplish. First off, studies from Stanford and Penn State show that “texts” are one of the most effective ways that people can retain information. Because of this, Arist tapping into creating courses via SMS, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp to maximize the learning experience. Secondly, though internet is becoming evermore so accessible by the day, the required high speed internet needed for loading educational videos is very limited. Therefore Arist is basing its innovation off cell phone accessibility, as many more people have access to cell phones than high speed internet. By combining these two modern aspects, Arist is revolutionizing education.
The platform includes a wide variety of courses taught by real professors, experts, and organizations that are partnered with Arist. Courses range from 10-60 days. How it works is that everyday a text of about 900 characters is sent, containing a lesson explanation followed by an exercise for the user to do. Arist is easy to signup, easy to use, and easy to get started learning.
Just this summer, Ioff and his friends have begun working on Arist full-time in Babson’s accelerator Summer Venture Program. Arist was also named a finalist in Fast Company’s 2019 World-Changing Ideas competition, placing as one of the top most remarkable innovations. As of July, Arist has been accelerating production and communicating with Fortune 500 companies.
To learn more about Arist and their mission, visit their website in the link below.