15 episodes

Learn how to scale education with web3. We will dive deep into concepts and what's possible. We will also share Ed3: Builders, where we talk to the people and projects building this future.

Ed3 Podcast Scott Meyer

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Learn how to scale education with web3. We will dive deep into concepts and what's possible. We will also share Ed3: Builders, where we talk to the people and projects building this future.

    Building Curriculum with AI - Bodo Hoenen of Nolej AI

    Building Curriculum with AI - Bodo Hoenen of Nolej AI

    Teachers and curriculum designers spend a significant amount of time understanding a concept. Then, they spend more time creating curricula, projects, and exercises based on that material.

    What if that work could be done in minutes? What if learners could immediately have flashcards to review key concepts and terms?

    Nolej AI makes this possible.

    In this episode, we welcome Bodo Hoenen, the first-ever repeat guest on the Ed3 Podcast. Previously, Hoenen discussed decentralized education and how learners could become teachers with his Proof of Learning Protocol.

    Not surprisingly, Bodo's company was acquired at the end of 2022, joining French start-up Nolej. With his new company, he is helping to launch Nolej AI.

    Nolej AI makes it easy to develop learning materials. With a single URL, blog post, video, or document, Nolej AI will generate flashcards, quizzes, summaries, and more. Future work will build on Nolej AI and continue creating a learning protocol.

    This episode is unique because Bodo gave us a sneak peek of the tool! In addition to this podcast, the YouTube video will let you see the tool in action: https://youtu.be/U-tGQW3ANHo

    • 25 min
    The Personalized Web - Evin McMullen of Disco.xyz on Credentials Unlocking Experience

    The Personalized Web - Evin McMullen of Disco.xyz on Credentials Unlocking Experience

    Verifiable credentials are a data type, often thought of as a digital version of credentials we use in the physical world, like diplomas, driver's licenses, professional certifications, etc. 

    Evin McMullen of Disco.xyz is on a mission to change that. She is unlocking the personalized web by creating digital backpacks. In everyone's backpack, we have verifiable credentials that share our likes, preferences, experiences, and more. These credentials enable a personalized web, where every site we visit adapts to us. The potential is to take this technology offline as well, so the world around us responds to our individuality.

    This conversation is inspiring, deep, and pleasant. Evin makes thick concepts approachable and exciting. I am a total fanboy as you will hear! This episode is a great way to kick off season two, so I hope you'll enjoy it. Read the show notes and subscribe for future episodes at: https://www.ed3.gg/

    • 28 min
    Web3 is dead. Long live web3

    Web3 is dead. Long live web3

    In the echo of the FTX collapse, how we talk about web3 will forever change. Blockchain tech is perfect for credentials, as long as no one knows.

    In this audio essay kicking off season 2, we talk about how web3 as we previously understood it is dead, and how new iterations of web3 are now ready to emerge.

    • 2 min
    The Airdropped University

    The Airdropped University

    The airdropped university creates competition for existing education institutions by using public information from on-chain credentials. 

    This concept seems particularly relevant this week, as the University of Nicosia announced the first 100% on-chain course with over 10,000 students minting the token for access. 

    This episode revisits "The Airdropped University", an essay written in January 2022 about the potential for on-chain credentials to enable more rapid innovation and competition in higher education.

    You can read the original essay here and subscribe to the Ed3 blog here.

    • 12 min
    The Academic Genome Project with Greg Nadeau

    The Academic Genome Project with Greg Nadeau

    Greg Nadeau is the Mr. Rogers of the Ed 3.0 community, welcoming new members and diverse stakeholders working to build the future of an interoperable education credential.

    In this conversation we discuss the Academic Genome Project. This project looks to build future of the credential where individual Learner Employment Records - or LERs - enables mobility and unlocks opportunity across geography, industry, and skills. Nadeau walks through how to crosswalk skills to new domains, how to ensure quality and trust, and why this work matters for employers and learners.

    By the end of this episode, you will understand the "academic genome" the Ed 3.0 community is working to build in which credentials are precise, machine readable, and interoperable. You can learn more about the Ed 3.0 community and join any meetings here.

    Subscribe for podcasts, articles, and more essential learning on ed3 at: http://digest.ed3.gg/

    • 22 min
    Learners as Teachers - Decentralized Education with Bodo Hoenen

    Learners as Teachers - Decentralized Education with Bodo Hoenen

    Educators often talk about pathways - an attempt to map all the concepts a student should learn, all the experiences teachers hope they will have.

    The guest on this episode of the Ed3 Podcast reimagines this concept in a way that fits our data-filled world.

    Bodo Hoenen is building the Proof of Learning Protocol (PoLP), a technology that helps students discover ideas, validate learning, and unlock opportunity. Students identify what they want to do and the PoLP unlocks a unique path to help them learn what is needed based on their intrinsic motivation. Other technologies can build on top of his protocol to create even greater impact.

    In this episode, learn about inspiration for this work from a peer-to-peer learning experiment in East Africa. Then, hear the powerful story of how he was able to use the PoLP model to help his daughter when she suddenly became paralyzed. They wanted to build a brain-controlled exoskeleton to increase her mobility. The POL illuminated a path to get there, enabling them to build the device. Ultimately this work helped his daughter restore 40% of the strength in her arms.

    Bodo's story is as inspiring as it is forward-thinking, as revolutionary as it is heartwarming. You do not want to miss learning about his decentralized approach to education. His vision of learners as teachers might just help us scale education and give students everywhere access to the latest concepts and technologies long before they would learn about it in a traditional classroom.

    Learn more about Bodo at Dev4x.com and connect on Twitter.

    Subscribe for podcasts, articles, and more essential learning on ed3 at: http://digest.ed3.gg/

    • 22 min

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