Posted 2 years ago | by Ben Armstrong
Odem Offers Blockchain-based Education Options to Schools amid Pandemic
Odem is a blockchain-based education platform. It announced that it will make its platform available to schools and universities that are dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
The company stated in a press release published on Monday that Odem is providing “online integrated learning platform and certification management system free for use to schools and educators to continue educating students until it is safe to return to campus.”
Richard Maaghul, who is the CEO and a co-founder of Odem, said coronavirus “is a big concern for us and we want to make sure that we do everything possible to assist in keeping the education doors open, even if it has to be virtual,” according to an interview with Cointelegraph.
Odem Brings Blockchain to Education
Johanna Maaghul, the Odem co-founder and COO, describes the company as “an on-demand education marketplace that allows students, educators, employers, and institutions of higher learning come together and be able to access [and] request education, education verification, and credentialing of their academic records and skills that come along with it.”
Maaghul went on to say that:
“We are able to track students' activity working remotely so that when students go back to school, the institutions are able to track what they've accomplished and register that on the blockchain and even bring it back into their traditional accreditation systems.”
Odem can be used to connect potential employers with qualified candidates as well. The Odem co-founders noted that the company currently has received interest from Italy, Ireland, Germany, and Cairo.
Remote Learning Makes Sense
Using digital platforms to teach is a growing trend.
Instead of going to a physical location to learn, digital learning platforms allow people to learn from anywhere they have a computer and a connection to the internet. Blockchain may be a part of the next generation of online learning platforms.
So far, most online learning platforms have not been built with blockchain, but Odem has created a viable platform for educational institutions that want to use the technology for their teaching resources.
Blockchain and the New Plague
Blockchain technologies are being used to help the world cope with coronavirus. In mid-February, China’s central government is estimated that had recieved at least 20 applications for new blockchain related to its response to the novel coronavirus.
Alipay, a major Chinese payments platform, is working with the Zhejiang Provincial Health Commission and the Economy and Information Technology Department to launch a blockchain-based platform that allowed charity organizations to partner with greater efficiency and transparency by tracking the flow of medical supplies.