The ODEM Platform represents a transparent and trusted digital connection for students and educators who use it every day. Through the Marketplace, ODEM helps to make education more affordable, accessible, verifiable, and transferable.
ODEM stands for On-Demand Education Marketplace because users can pursue learning experiences at their own pace. Like other digital marketplaces, ODEM connects buyers with sellers. Buyers seek personalized, continued education experiences, while sellers around the world offer a full range of academic programs. In the same way that Amazon uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recommend products that may interest you, ODEM uses AI to measure student demand for specific program topics and to streamline the market experience. This drives down the cost of education through automation and adds transparency to the process of creating and selecting programs.
The ODEM Platform is different from other marketplaces like Upwork or Fiverr because it’s layered on the Ethereum blockchain -- a big advantage for ODEM users. Building the marketplace on Ethereum provides students with a central record of their academic experiences and certifications. It also grants students ownership of their academic credentials; they can claim their verified diploma on the blockchain by registering their achievement on the Platform.
In September, ODEM began collaborating with 10EQS, a New York-based organization dedicated to providing client-specific solutions by matching client companies with niche experts to build successful project teams. Our Marketplace streamlines the process of bringing the right people together quickly.
The ODEM-10EQS “partnership is a testament to our Platform’s ability to champion pragmatic knowledge and training to solve real-world business problems,” says ODEM CEO Richard Maaghul. “We’re empowering students with the tools they need to be employable.”
ODEM is partnering the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to support its 2019 graduating class in securing records of their academic credentials on the Ethereum blockchain. SAIT, quoting President and CEO, Dr. David Ross: “At SAIT, we’re thought leaders and this is a strong example of how we’re increasing our value proposition for graduates and employers. This is only the beginning as we continue to put the potential of blockchain technology into practice.”
These types of innovative partnerships support ODEM’s mission of providing a meeting place where authentic connections can occur -- something that many marketplaces aspire to, but which few succeed. ODEM’s implementation on the Ethereum blockchain ensures authenticity, validating all marketplace participants and securing transaction records to support and improve the user experience.
“We’ve developed an educational marketplace that’s built on trust,” says ODEM CEO Maaghul. “When it comes to learning, you need to feel safe. Everyone dreams of new career possibilities, and education makes those dreams possible. To dream is to be vulnerable and open-minded, so trust is essential to the continued learning experience. We believe in trust, but the blockchain ensures it.”
Stay tuned for more ODEM developments.
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