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Edcast Expands Portfolio With Free Online Learning For Youth And Micro-Enterprises

New social learning platform offered in seven languages features 25 interactive courses, personalized content and peer-expert engagement

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.EdCast, the fast-growing social knowledge network on which users learn from the masters, today announced that it has added HP’s online Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) to its network. HP LIFE 2.0, powered by EdCast’s knowledge sharing platform, will harness the influence of EdCast’s social learning platform as it offers 25 interactive micro-courses.

Aimed at providing baseline business skills development for the underserved, the program helps aspiring entrepreneurs, students and small business owners. Offered in seven languages, HP LIFE 2.0’s self-paced micro-courses cover a wide spectrum of topics including strategic planning, leadership, sales, social media marketing, energy efficiency, funding and finance.

As part of the new EdCast platform, the informal learning offered through micro-courses will be complemented with a personalized feed of bite-sized content that users can consume every day. This continuous stream of high-value curated content is chosen based on the individual’s interests, knowledge base and learning behaviors, so that they can collaborate with their peers to create an engaging learning experience.

“Social learning is an increasingly powerful pedagogical tool that promotes optimum engagement and daily learning by encouraging users to connect and collaborate with peers and influencers,” says Karl Mehta, EdCast CEO and Founder. “EdCast has proven experience in this space, and is delighted to work closely with HP to deliver further meaningful, accessible learning solutions to a broad cross-section of global users.”

“We’re delighted that HP LIFE 2.0 is now available on the EdCast platform,” says Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability Innovation Officer, HP. “Technology is a key enabler for millions of talented people around the world who do not have access to the educational resources they need to reach their full potential. HP LIFE 2.0 opens a pathway to learning for underserved youth, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners everywhere – providing anyone with internet connection access to free, practical business training that helps improve economic development and strengthen technical literacy.”

Through the EdCast platform, HP LIFE 2.0, which is used by people in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, now enables users to discover new topics and access additional quality content from a wide variety of thought leaders. HP LIFE 2.0 also provides access to private communities and discussion forums for collaborating partners.

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About EdCast

EdCast is a social knowledge network built to enhance human ability to collaborate and learn. EdCast Knowledge NetworksTM power social, mobile and cloud-based learning for world-class institutions, enterprises, governments and nonprofits and enables millions of lifelong learners to collaborate. 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 learning. EdCast is a Stanford StartX company backed by tier one VC firms. The Company is based in Mountain View CA, with offices worldwide.

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