- After taking "Machine Learning" on Coursera and "Programming A Robotic Car" on Udacity, Jesse Spaulding created CourseTalk as a way for students of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to share their experiences and find new courses they might want to take--a Yelp for MOOCs, in a sense.
- CourseTalk's design is simple, allowing users to find a course via a general search bar, scroll through a number of verticals ("Top Rated," "Popular," "Upcoming"), or search by category (business, computer science, etc.), additionally offering a "Top Reviewers" vertical and a growing list of universities providing MOOCs.
- It remains to be seen whether MOOC platforms possibly adding their own review systems and discovery tools will hurt CourseTalk down the road, but the site currently has the advantage of being able to span all MOOC providers, with Coursera, edX and Udacity courses already listed and Canvas.net and Khan Academy classes in the process of being added.
From the article:
One of the most popular topics in education technology these days is the subject of MOOCs, otherwise known as “Massive Open Online Courses.” Thanks to the buzz around MOOC platforms like Coursera, Udacity and edX, there are few universities and colleges that aren’t currently struggling with whether or not they should hop on the bandwagon. Whether or not you’re long or short on MOOCs, it’s clear that, in the near term at least, they’re here to stay. However, as colleges, universities and more begin toying with open online courses and an increasing number of students and learners take to their virtual lecture halls, the signal-to-noise ratio has the potential to get pretty unfavorable. It’s for this very reason that Jesse Spaulding decided to launch CourseTalk. ...