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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Examtime.com claims 600,000 student users across the world

Published 21/08/2014 | 02:30

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Norman McBrien, head of marketing at ExamTime.com, and founder Dualta Moore, centre, with students using the company’s service

An Irish online education platform claims to have amassed 600,000 student and teacher users all over 
 the world as it launches a new phase of its services.

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Examtime.com, founded by Dualta Moore and employing 25 people in Dublin and Belfast, also claims to have 15 million "learning sessions" already under its belt on the website.

The site includes tools such as mind maps, flashcards, quizzes and online notes, which can all be personalised.

Development of the software takes place in the Belfast office while marketing, support and operations are run from Dublin.

"The e-learning platform allows students to create their own personal learning environment," said Mr Moore. "In less than two years, 600,000 users from over 200 countries have signed up in beta. It is now launching out of beta with new features in time for back to school."

Initially launched in English, versions have already been added in Spanish, Portuguese and German.

Mr Moore said that the beta version of the service attracted over 15,000 new users per week in May, the height of exam season. He said that the service has proven popular among students and teachers in South America. Brazil, Mexico and Colombia are amongst the top five countries in terms of visitors to the site, he said.

A key feature of the site is the option to create or join groups, allowing users to share ideas and collaborate.

Mr Moore, who studied economics in University College Dublin, has worked in a variety of tech-related companies including Microsoft. There, he focused mostly on the areas of business intelligence, database management and business analytics.

"When we started out we wanted to provide students and teachers with access to brilliant learning tools," he said. "We wanted a platform where resources could be created and organised easily. Finally we wanted to use the power of the connected web to allow students and teachers to learn from each other."

He said that early adopters on ExamTime.com were Irish and UK students who wanted to use online learning tools to add to their understanding and help them learn. He said that the user profile now varies from young students, university students, teachers, tutors and parents.

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