The Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) launched, on Monday (07/06), Eduplay, a university audiovisual content platform. Developed in partnership with RNP, the tool will serve teachers and students of higher education institutions of the entire country. The virtual event was broadcast on the MEC's YouTube channel and eduplay.
The Minister of Education, Milton Ribeiro, the executive secretary of MEC, Victor Godoy, the Secretary of Higher Education of MEC, Wagner Vilas Boas, and the director-general of the RNP, Nelson Simões, attended the ceremony in person. The rector of the University of São Paulo (USP), Vahan Agopyan, the rector of the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Valdiney Gouveia, also attended the ceremony remotely.
For Minister Milton Ribeiro, the tool follows the transformations in education caused by the pandemic. "From a secondary accessory, the virtual world has become a necessary and present component. Some say that education will never be the same", stated minister Milton Ribeiro in the opening.
The executive secretary of MEC Victor Godoy highlighted the adaptive transmission technology of eduplay, which adjusts the quality of audiovisual content transmission based on the quality of the Internet access. "It allows the democratization of access and is inclusive because it does not depend on the user's Internet quality," he said.
According to the Secretary of Higher Education of MEC, Wagner Vilas Boas, eduplay meets the needs of 69 federal universities, 1.5 million students, and 95,000 teachers, allowing synchronous and asynchronous classes in a hybrid model of education. "Since it is a video repository, it relieves the burden of institutions when it comes to investments in content storage", he added.
The director-general of RNP, Nelson Simões, recalled the history of the development of the solution, which included the contribution by researchers from USP and UFPB. "There is an architecture behind it that allows the delivery of these videos with quality and safety, regardless of the location of the student and the teacher," he explains.
He also highlighted the opportunities for experimentation using video as a language for education. "The tool shows why it is important to anticipate, predict, and test technologies that are in the future of education. This is achieved with research and innovation", he concluded.
Eduplay allows access to live streaming, television shows, exclusive channels, video lessons, radios shows, and podcasts and aims to become one of the largest audiovisual content portals for education and research in Brazil.
In addition, other benefits from the platform are highlighted, such as the absence of commercial advertisements; the safety of the content published (since only institutions with access to the Federated Academic Communication can post content); and the provision of live and recorded classes through integration with Moodle and the Web Conferencing service of RNP.
Eduplay also hosts a large number of TV and radio channels, such as the Health Channel, School TV, EBC products, Brazil TV, and EBC Radio, in addition to university TV and radio channels and podcasts.