Instructor Corner

Written by Laurie Pickard Last updated on March 19th, 2020

How are courses added to Class Central’s database?


To make our course listings, we periodically collect information directly from the larger MOOC platforms, including Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn. If you have a course on one of those platforms, your course should be automatically added to Class Central.


We also list courses from some smaller platforms and independent MOOC providers. If you believe your courses belong on Class Central, you can let us know by contacting us here. Please keep in mind that our primary focus is on MOOC-style university courses that are free, partially free, or free to audit. Most purely paid courses are not a good fit for us. However, if you are offering fully paid courses that Class Central users should know about, we do have a limited amount of advertising space. We’d be happy to talk to you about our ad rates.


I found errors in my course on Class Central. What should I do?


Let us know! The best way to reach us is at contact at classcentral dot com.


How can learner reviews contribute to the success of my MOOC?

Class Central has helped more than 25 million people find great courses online. We are a trusted source of information about which courses are available, wherever they exist. More than 75,000 learner reviews help people sort through course listings and make a selection. When courses have many positive reviews, they show up higher in search results and are featured throughout the site.  


In addition to reviews of individual courses, we publish lists and rankings throughout the year, often featuring well-reviewed courses. These lists and rankings can be picked up externally and viewed by thousands, or even millions, of people. For example, a recent article was published in Quartz; was picked up by Inc., Lifehacker, and Mentalfloss; and generated a lot of buzz in big communities like reddit, Hacker News, and Slashdot.


When courses get a lot of reviews, they are featured in our annual rankings, such as the Best Courses of 2019 or the Best Online Courses of ALL-TIME. (More on how these rankings are generated below.)


How can I get more reviews for my courses on Class Central?


To get more reviews, we suggest two methods. Many of the courses with the most reviews use both.


  1. Email your students and ask them to submit a review. You can do this in one of your updates to learners towards the end of the course.
  2. Include reviewing the course on Class Central as an optional step towards completion of the course. Many professors include this as a last step.


While the first method is very effective in the short term, the second is more effective in the longer term.


To find the dedicated review link for your course on Class Central, first navigate to your course using this link.


Scroll down to find the blue Write a Review button in the sidebar on the right side of the page. This button will take you to the dedicated review page for your course, which you can share with your learners.


Class Central Rankings: What they are and how they work


Class Central publishes three kinds of rankings:


Our monthly top ten lists only include courses that are starting during that month. The most popular courses are determined by the number of Class Central users who add a particular course to MOOC Tracker, our watchlist feature. Courses have been added more than 12M times.


The Best Online Courses of the Year is drawn from courses that were offered for the first time during that particular year. We rank the courses by the Bayesian average of user ratings on Class Central.


Finally, the Best Online Courses of ALL-TIME is also tallied based on learner reviews. All MOOCs are eligible, so long as they are still being offered. We take the Bayesian average of ratings on Class Central and remove closed courses and those with only a small number of reviews. If a course has multiple parts, we only include the first part in the Best Online Courses of ALL-TIME selection.

Class Central's Help Center represents our best effort to answer the most common questions new learners face. It may not be completely accurate in every circumstance.

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