New Directory Helps You Quickly Find The Perfect Online Course

From EdX to the University of Phoenix to brick-and-mortar schools offering online courses… it’s downright impossible to find the right course for you.

For example, maybe you want to take a class on finance and another one on advanced French? Previously, you’d have to examine each online school’s offerings, reputation, and check out how their options fit into your busy schedule.

The new online courses directory SkilledUp wants to change that. It’s like Google but for online courses. It quickly hunts through more than 40,000 online courses on 100+ providers to help you figure out which course is perfect for you.

The search results are elegantly laid out in a very easy-to-read format. You can sort by price, duration of the course, and more. It displays results in lists of 3 per provider. You can always select that provider to view more options they have. Pretty straightforward interface. See below for a screenshot of search results.

After you click on a course, SkilledUp expands the listing to show you a bit more information. Then all you have to do is click the ‘sign up’ button to head over to the provider’s site to learn more, register for the class, etc.

Pros

  • It’s a robust database that presents just enough information to whet your appetite for an online course.
  • The style of the directory is easy to use, functional, and beautifully AJAX-ed
  • It’s refreshing to see someone trying to actually organize the chaotic world of online learning. There’s so much noise out there that it’s hard for students to actually find the best options.
  • There are a ton of categories. Audio and Video, Basic Computing, Basic Web, Business and Entrepreneurship, Digital Content, Finance and Trading, Graphic Design, Marketing, Photography, and Programming

Cons

It’s a beta, so take these with a grain of salt.

  • A ratings functionality would be great. Sort of like a Yelp-style review option for each course.
  • More information on each course would be great. For example, how about information about the teacher? How long has the course been offered? What are the typical grades awarded? Who should take the course?
  • The website is beautiful but I feel like each course should have it’s own detailed page (sort of like the Edudemic App Directory) where you get a ton of information in a sort of dashboard view.

Conclusion

Overall, SkilledUp is a big step in the right direction. It’s a great idea, a beautiful website, and has a lot of potential. The current listings are not yet robust enough but that will likely be a different story in the next few months. We’ll keep an eye on SkilledUp and let you know what happens next!