The Details & Back-story:
Launched earlier this month, Edsy allows students to access free, live-streamed test prep and homework assistance. Registered students can participate in webcasts, ask questions, and receive real-time feedback from highly vetted instructors.
One of the founders, Reuben Kerben, is a startup vet with both Spiral Universe and the video-based Encameo (coming soon!) under his belt. Fun note: Edsy is listed as a soon-be announced "stealth startup" on Reuben's LinkedIn profile.
Live-streaming to a non-paying audience. Most test prep online is 1:1, restricts login to Facebook-only, or is fee-based. Edsy seems to break the mold by incorporating live-streaming, charging students no fee, and allowing for Facebook-optional access.
What role could live-streaming play on EdLab platforms like Vialogues? What are the costs & benefits of adding live-streaming to an otherwise asynchronous platform? Is live-streaming simply a way to "dress-up" traditional teaching? Could a live-stream option be a part of the mentorship experience on Ednode?
Free and live, Edsy offers a unique take on test prep.