AptusPi logoAn Enabler of Mobile Learning


Aptus is a low-cost device that allows educators and learners to connect to digital learning platforms and content without the need for grid electricity or Internet access.  This mini-PC requires only battery power which can be recharged via grid power or solar charger, as needed. It can host 64GB of educational digital content and facilitate interactive, virtual learning anywhere – whether in a remote rural village or on a vast university campus. The result is a “Classroom Without Walls” that can be set up within minutes and accessed by any learner with a laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

Design and Key Features

COL developed the original Aptus prototype by repurposing available commercial products to create a new learning concept and was launched in 2013. The design and functionality of Aptus has continued to evolve based on research, field trials and the deployment in many Commonwealth countries.

The latest Aptus (2021) is built on Raspberry Pi.

Graphic of Aptus design timeline from 2013 to 2021

Deployment and Collaboration

  1. Nigeria, Yaba College of Technology (2022)
  2. Zambia, Ministry of General Education (2021)
  3. Maldives, Ministry of Education (2021)
  4. Ghana, Ghana Education Service (2021)
  5. Antigua and Barbuda, Ministry of Education, Sports and Creative Industries (2021)
  6. Bahamas, Ministry of Education (2020)
  7. Mozambique, Ministry of Education and Human Development (2018)
  8. Tonga, Ministry of Education/Tonga Institute of Higher Education (2018)
  9. Samoa, Ministry of Education (2018)
  10. India, Mann Deshi Foundation (2016)
  11. Samoa, National University Samoa (2016)
  12. Pakistan, Qatar Foundation/ROTA (2016)
  13. Fiji, Ministry of Education (2015)
  14. Vanuatu, Ministry of Education (2015)
  15. Kiribati, Ministry of Education (2015)

Learn More

To learn more about Aptus, we invite you to visit OAsis, COL’s Open Access Repository or contact us.

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