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EdCast and edX Give 100,000+ Small Businesses Free Access to Upskilling and Reskilling Tools to Navigate Economic Volatility

EdCast and edX Give 100,000+ Small Businesses Free Access to Upskilling and Reskilling Tools to Navigate Economic Volatility

In partnership with Adecco, the International Chamber of Commerce and edX, EdCast invests $315 million in workforce education for small and mid-sized businesses

EdCast announced today a commitment to helping small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) unlock organizational productivity and innovation by waiving access fees to Spark by EdCast that features access to edX courses and programs for one year. This $315M initiative is made possible by EdCast’s SMB partners — Adecco, the International Chamber of Commerce, and edX — in an effort to help SMBs overcome challenges brought on by this year’s pandemic-related economic volatility.

“Small and mid-sized businesses are struggling to adapt to the new normal, facing challenges that range from health and safety to financial to employee management,” said Karl Mehta, CEO and Founder of EdCast. “By granting free access

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Remotely Humorous: edX online class improving workplaces through humor

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  • “Remotely Humorous” is a three-part course available on edX focused on using humor and levity to create better workplaces — both in employee satisfaction and in results.
  • Designed by two Stanford lecturers and some of the top writers from Funny or Die and Comedy Central, the course is an adaptation of one of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s most popular courses.
  • Studies show that humor can contribute to more highly connected teams, more creative and effective ideas, more trustworthy leaders, and more persuasive arguments. 
  • The class practices what it preaches and uses a blend of sketch comedy, lecture, and team-building exercises for a fun learning experience.
  • The three-course program is $147, but BI readers can sign up for “Remotely Humorous” for 20% off now until September 2021 with the code
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This online class from edX teaches you how to be funny at work

Workplaces around the world have changed in 2020 in ways that we never anticipated, leaving many colleagues struggling to form virtual bonds with one another and develop camaraderie over Zoom, even as they deal with the emotional toil of this doozy of a year. That’s why the online learning platform edX has created a special professional program that’s designed to energize teams, create more resilient workforces, and bring joy to the virtual workplace—by infusing it with humor.

The program, called Remotely Humorous, consists of three skills-building courses created by a pair of lecturers from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business: Naomi Bagdonas, a media and strategy consultant who moonlights as a stand-up comic, and Connor Diemand-Yauman, the co-CEO of Merit America, a nonprofit that offers professional skills training to people without college degrees.

Bagdonas and Diemand-Yauman took the bones of their Stanford class, which explores the importance of workplace humor through

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