EdCast, a platform designed to publish and view short education-related mini-lessons, has launched an informal learning platform which enables users to post snippets of educational content. Curated content from “globally renowned experts and influencers” — EdCasters — shows up in a user’s feed, giving users access to the latest, quality educational content found online.
Users can follow channels such as Architecture, Ed Tech, Robotics, Entrepreneurship and more, as influencers and educators curate content and edcast it on the learning ecosystem.
According to Class Central, EdCast provides an opportunity for educators to refer their learners to up to date, relevant educational content.
Already, dozens of well-known EdCasters share their curated content and insights on the platform, including Dr. William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Vivek Wadhwa of Singularity University and Joi Ito, Director of MIT Media Labs on Entrepreneurship.
Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital, who was one of the first EdCasters, said:
“EdCasting makes it easy to stay engaged in knowledge sharing and lifelong learning. I’m very excited about being part of this vision to transform education for learners of all ages globally.”
For Karl Mehta, CEO and founder of EdCast, the latter aims to build a culture of lifelong learning: “[w]ith EdCasting, you are just a button push away from being connected to subject experts.”
Thought-leaders, brands, institutions and educators can share their bite-size insights in their designated area of expertise while learners can engage with these knowledge snippets both on desktop and mobile devices. Learners can like and comment on the curated content appearing in their feed page and interact with the EdCast community.
Meris Stansbury, Managing Editor at eCampusNews, says EdCast; the “Twitter for Education”, is AI-centered, offering curated educational insights based on user characteristics and activity based interests. According to Charlie Chung of Class Central, one of the defining characteristics of EdCast is that:
“[I]t is a pure-play channel for educational content. . . . there is no “re-tweeting”, so that the information flow is not diluted with recycled information–everything in your feed is a hand-selected link or video.”
Users can go from informal learning through educational video snippets to formal learning in their own EdCast Personal Learning Network.
EdCast is a Personal Learning Network that enables institutions, organizations, governments and businesses to offer and facilitate lifelong learning through cloud-based, social and mobile channels for their learners.
Educators or thought leaders can create branded courses on these personal knowledge networks and share these with learners. EdCast is scalable, secure and is easy to set up and have users join in. Communication between educators and learners is intuitive while it provides insights to measure and enhance class performance.