There has never been a better time to be learner. MOOCs rose to prominence a little over four years ago, and they have grown to total a staggering 5000+ courses from 600 universities around the world. But it can be daunting to stay up to date with all these courses. We built a Follow button to help you keep up and to Never Miss a Course.
So Many Courses
To help learners discover new and upcoming courses, Class Central has been publishing a number of monthly reports: Ten Most Popular, New Courses Added, and Courses Starting in that month. But due to the rapid growth of the MOOC space, the number of available courses has become daunting.
1. 1800 new courses were added in 2015, while 600 new courses have been added in the first 3 months of 2016.
2. 550+ courses started in March 2016, up from 250 a year earlier.
3. 900+ Self Paced courses are available.
Universities like Georgia Tech (my alma mater) are now available on three different platforms — Coursera, Udacity, and edX. Increasingly more universities and companies are offering courses on multiple platforms.
To help learners keep up with the MOOC space, we launched a Follow button to personalize course discovery.
A Twitter-like Follow button enables learners to customize their Class Central experience by following universities, subjects, and course providers. Based on their follows, learners get the following benefits:
1. once a month email of new courses added in the previous month,
2. once a month email of course recommendations, and
3. those with greater than 10 follows are able to unlock a personalized recommendations page (still in beta).
The Follow button can be found on the top of every university, subject, or course provider page. You can update all your Follows here.
New learners who sign up for an Class Central account will be taken through an onboarding flow (as shown below), where they can choose what to follow (or not).
The Follow button was launched earlier this year and has been a big hit with Class Central users. Within a short amount of time, we have received over 150,000 follows. The data we receive from the follow button, as well as the thousands of reviews submitted by our users, will be used to better rank and recommend courses.
To receive a personalized digest of new courses as well as upcoming course recommendations delivered to your inbox, sign up for Class Central and start Following!