7 web 3 education platform that’s changing the way we learn.
We already know that web3 will change the way we learn. As a decentralized iteration of the internet, web3 allows applications and communities running on blockchain to create decentralized exchanges, markets, virtual currencies, gaming platforms, and countless other applications.
The blockchain is a decentralized global computing platform where independent parts interact securely in real-time, fundamentally changing how the business world works. While there are unpredictable applications of this technology, when it comes to education, we’re currently looking at decentralized learning, skill verification, and the capability for equitable, effort-based compensation.
How will web3 change learning for current and future generations?
EdTech startups are moving quickly to capitalize on this space, leveraging gamification and other incentives like “learn-to-earn” to make education fun and rewarding. Some are even providing free education while giving rewards to students and teachers.
Incentivizing education with something other than a piece of paper or more hoops to jump through is high on the priority list of Gen-Z, so it only makes sense that these web3 education platforms are really starting to take off!
These top 7 web3 education platforms are challenging traditional education for the better:
Web3 University offers education to one of the largest communities of blockchain learners globally. This community of over 200,000 students (and counting) is an open, collaborative effort to bring as many developers into web3 as possible. In the spirit of true decentralized fashion, web3 University is “built by the best” and is always free. Visit web3 University for industry resources, communities, free courses, and tools.
As another site that provides web3 education to internet “builders,” Buildspace allows its students to participate in ongoing projects like web apps, NFT collections, smart contracts, and DAOs. They aim to accelerate builders’ journeys into web3. Buildspace welcomes everyone, whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned vet looking to make the leap from web2. With over 60,000 members, they are well on their way to empowering the next generation of builders.
Through blockchain technology, this platform aims to provide high-tech quality education to students around the globe. This platform will allow students to learn in the metaverse, earn NFT credentials, and receive rewards via cryptocurrency. Their vision is to provide online education to anyone with internet access. Proof of Learn’s vision differs from web3 University and Buildspace in that they consider themselves a “metaversity” because learning will take place in the metaverse.
Odyssey DAO is a free, high-quality web3 learning community. You can join their Discord server for free to communicate with other members. In this group, over 6,000 members learn about web3, blockchain, crypto, smart contracts, NFTs, DAOs, and DeFi (decentralized finance). This community is for beginners and experts alike.
Odyssey is currently going through some changes, do visit their community on Discord to find out more about the change in their DAO.
Students are learning how to build thriving NFT, DAO, and social token projects at Crypto College, now in its second cohort. It consists of a virtual lecture series and a private, members-only community for those who collect NFTs and build web3 applications. The platform uses the NFT-gated approach. Taking the course ranges from .15 ETH to .75 ETH depending on the type of course “perks” you’re looking for. The instructor generated over $380,000 in sales by allowing students to list and sell NFTs in the secondary market.
One of the first, and arguably one of the best, crypto and web3 education platforms today is BitDegree. They aim to help students build crypto skills with courses, data, certificates, and degrees from leading blockchain companies. Boasting over 1000 courses that have accelerated 1M careers in crypto/web3, they also recently launched the first open crypto learning metaverse, Learnoverse. There are both free and paid courses available on BitDegree.
The Continuum platform is a web3 learn-to-earn platform explicitly built for creatives who wish to earn crypto rewards while learning. Thousands of industry experts are teaching free courses on in-demand digital skills. In addition to watching short-form content, users can take quizzes and engage with the community to earn crypto rewards.
Learn how you can get paid to learn here.
What does this mean for the future of education?
A clear goal and benefit of the web3 movement are to move away from traditional education systems and improve global access to education. Web3 will only accelerate the growth of resources such as DAOs, learning communities, and learn-to-earn platforms.
But while the education platforms listed above are inspiring for the future of learning, most people still do not use decentralized applications.
Sadly, more than 600 million of the nearly 1 billion children attending school do not reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. Even though around 90% of the global population will complete primary education (as of 2020), only 66% will attain secondary education, mainly due to a lack of access and resources.
So while decentralized education is a huge step forward for learning, we must realize that web3 and crypto applications are currently only available to a select few.
Those with prior knowledge and appropriate resources will find this a huge opportunity. But decentralized applications are still in their infancy. As more people gain access to the internet and become more knowledgeable, they are expected to grow rapidly.
We must now figure out how to make these resources and new initiatives accessible globally.
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