Welcome to 101. Below is a short summary of what we're building and where we're headed. You can find more detailed information on how to use our tools in the side menu of this site.
What We're Building
101 is an on-chain learning and credentialing platform. With our tools, anyone can make courses that issue NFT badges or crypto rewards. All courses are discoverable on our platform and embeddable into any interface.
At the core of 101 is our on-chain learning & credentialing protocol. The protocol is a series of smart contracts that facilitate three core functions:
Long term decentralized storage of course material
NFT badge issuance for course completions
Monetary transfer for paid courses or student rewards
With the 101 protocol, all course-takers use a personal crypto wallet to digitally sign online assessments. They are then issued a non-transferrable NFT badge representing their proof of knowledge. The metadata of that NFT badge contains information about the issuer, the date of issuance, and a link to the course itself. All courses made with the 101 protocol are stored in permanent decentralized storage so future parties will always be able to reference exactly what was learned.
If the course is configured to pay the student a token reward for completion ("learn to earn"), then it will do so contingent on receiving proof of identity documentation (to protect against sybil attacks). If the course is configured to require payment from the student before the badge issuance, it will collect funds and transfer them directly to the course creator.
The benefits of a decentralized protocol for learning and credentialing is abundantly clear, and although decentralized technology is relatively niche today, such a protocol will become standard for all online learning as the industry begins to recognize its power.
The web interface
It is not necessary to use our web interface to access the underlying credentialing protocol because the smart contracts run on public blockchain networks. That being said, we've built a visual interface that makes it a lot easier to use, especially for the casual user:
With our web interface, you can:
Browse courses with filters and sorting
Showcase your knowledge with an on-chain resume
Easily create courses and manage drafts
Collaborate with team members and permission access
View anyone's earned badges
In the future, we expect 3rd party organizations to build their own interfaces on top of our protocol as well, which will serve specific use-cases much better.
A blockchain network like Optimism, for instance, might want to aggregate courses and distribute rewards specific to the Optimism ecosystem with a branded learning hub. Perhaps an exchange like Binance might want to organize content and rewards specific to the tokens traded on its exchange. Or maybe a corporation like Coinbase might want to run an internal application for educating their new hires about crypto concepts and regulatory compliance.
In each of the above cases, rewards would be distributed to students, and payments would be routed to course creators according to each course's configuration, regardless of the interface in which it is rendered.
How It's Going
We are currently live with a beta product, working with over 300 communities, who've issued over 20,000 badges to their audience members. We're super excited about the progress, but our project is only a few months old, so there's a lot of work yet to come.
The beta product
During our private beta, we are working with a small number of hand-picked communities who are helping us make the product better. If you'd like access, fill out the form here.
Rather than functioning as a complete marketplace, our beta product is a tool for communities to engage with their existing audiences. Customizable student profiles and course discovery features will come later.
Additionally, we're currently focused on facilitating micro-courses rather than intensive curriculum. Our course builder makes tappable "card stack" courses (similar to a snapchat story) with multiple choice quizzes as the only form of assessment.
The world of online learning is incredibly big, so we've decided to start small, with a focus on the market that intuitively understands the value we're creating: the crypto industry. Within that market, we've identified user onboarding as the most prominent education problem to solve.
Most of our beta communities use 101 to teach topics like:
"How to use our product"
"How to participate in our community"
"How to stay safe in our ecosystem"
Our current users
Our beta community includes hundreds of organizations who've collectively issued over 20,000 badges. Some of those communities include:
and 300+ others
What's Coming Next
Our beta product issues NFT badges only, on Polygon and Celo. Next, we plan to add token rewards as well, so communities can allocate ERC-20 tokens as rewards for successful students.
We think that incentivised learning represents a huge value for token-backed projects.
We plan to extend our product to accomodate various other styles of online education. After our micro course format is fully finished, we'll move on to video series and blog posts. We'll also add additional forms of assessments including multi-select and open-text entry.
We also plan to experiment with on-chain tasks as an assessment type, so organizations can challenge students to leverage their new knowledge to complete an on-chain action such as a swap, signature, or token transfer.
We plan to launch a public API for our tools, allowing partners an easier programatic interface to access our protocol than calling the smart contracts directly. This will allow for 3rd parties to seamlessly pull in any content from our library and render it in their own interfaces while still leveraging our credentialing and rewards infrastructure.
This would allow anyone to build a "learn to earn" educational hub in just a few API calls. In the long term, we expect traditional educators (like online universities) to leverage this API as well as they begin to make their transition to on-chain credentials.