EdCast, the multiple industry-award winning platform for informal and formal learning for Fortune 500 enterprises and organizations is honored to continue their partnership with the SDSN by providing them their knowledge network to share education and collaborate on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In addition, the SDG Academy is committed to creating and curating the highest quality educational content on the Sustainable Development Goals for their entire community. This community is led by world renowned experts, open to the public, and available globally on the EdCast online learning portal.
The SDG Academy has created 7 full-length courses and 2 mini-courses since it launched in 2014, and has had over 100,000 enrollments from students and learners all over the world. The SDG Academy will launch a full program on Sustainable Development comprising 17 online courses corresponding to all of the SDGs. Their goal is to reach 1 million students by 2020 through its education initiatives. The faculty of the SDG Academy is comprised of global experts on sustainable development like Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on SDG and Director of the SDSN, Prof. Johan Rockstrom, Dr. Srinath K. Reddy and Professor Paul Collier. All its courses can be accessed at http://www.sdgacademy.org.
“Our partnership with EdCast and the dedicated support of their founder and CEO, Karl Mehta, provides an integral part of the solutions we are working toward by allowing for critical information and courses to be accessed online, anywhere in the world,” states Chandrika Bahadur, President of the SDSN Association, which hosts the SDG Academy. “Making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals takes many of us working together to make a difference and EdCast has been a key partner in all of our efforts.”
EdCast is a fast growing social learning and knowledge networking platform that offers microlearning, live streaming video, curated expert content and other forms of formal and informal learning in an intuitive, private network for an organization. EdCast is helping organizations turn knowledge into better performance. A key point that distinguishes EdCast as a leader in online learning is the ability to designate internal experts so valuable experiential knowledge is stored and shared within organizations like the SDSN Association.
The SDG Academy delivered by EdCast is a technology partnership between EdCast and EdX, the open-source learning platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “EdX is proud to be a part of the solution provided by EdCast to support the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations”, says Lee Rubenstein, Head of Business Development for EdX. “It’s a privilege to support a mission that will positively impact the lives of the global community. Congratulations!”
Karl Mehta, Founder and CEO of EdCast and winner of the 2016 NOVUS Award issued by the UN for his work with the Sustainable Development Goals states, “The work being done by Jeffrey Sachs and his amazing team is making a real difference in changing the world for the better. I am deeply committed to advancing EdCast’s relationship with the SDG Academy by providing the right online learning and knowledge sharing tools to incorporate support from around the world.”
Prior to September 2016, SDG Academy was called SDSNedu.
About SDSN Association
The mission of the SDSN Association is to support the mandate of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The SDSN was launched in 2012 at the behest of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to mobilize research, academia, the private sector and civil society to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Following the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015, the SDSN supports the implementation of the SDG at local, national, and global scales, and aims to accelerate joint learning and to help overcome the compartmentalization of technical and policy work by promoting integrated approaches to the interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges confronting the world. For the full list of programs of the SDSN, please visit unsdsn.org.
EdCast turns knowledge into performance by powering informal and formal learning initiatives with industry-leading social, mobile and cloud-based technology for institutions, enterprises, governments and nonprofits of all sizes to enable millions to become lifelong learners.
EdCast establishes knowledge networks built to inspire, empower and educate individuals, teams and organizations with personalized curated content, microlearning insights (SmartBitesTM), and easy-to-use live streaming video. It provides direct access to internal and external industry-specific experts to capture experiential knowledge to benefit everyone.
The EdCast executive team has a track record of building large-scale transformational technology; all are passionate about the global impact of mobile and online knowledge-sharing. EdCast is based in Mountain View, CA, in the heart of Silicon Valley, with offices worldwide.