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Courseroot

Biggest online course database on the web

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Beth Fiedler
Congrats Valentijn! I tested your site and like like like it. Great decision to include the major players in your initial release. You are super-mega talented with no programming background. Well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@belecona Thank you very much Beth. Very kind words. Glad you like it!
Edward Vasquez
simple and good, great tool
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@edwardvasquezdr Good to hear you like it! Thanks for the comment.
Nelly Kam
This is very helpful site. Well done!
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@nel_kamai Thank you so much!
Anna Komok
@thumpertje Congrats on the launch! It's a great tool to search for online courses.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@anna_komok Thanks Anna! Hope it can help you out! Take care
Evren
Nice timing! I believe that this product will be really helpful for people who looking for online courses ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@evrenweb Thank you, Evren! Great to hear that you're excited. Hopefully, it can indeed help some people out. Best wishes!
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
Hi Hunters! ๐Ÿ‘‹ The amazing growth in online education ๐Ÿ”ผ means more and more courses and course platforms are popping up, making the search process for the right course somewhat clouded. โ˜๏ธ What I have tried to do with Courseroot is to aggregate the courses from the biggest platforms on the web, rank them based on their characteristics like rating, number of reviews, certificate quality, and so forth, and allow you to filter through them based on price, level of difficulty, certificate quality, hours of content, and so forth. A lot of sweat and maybe even a few tears went into the making of Courseroot. Even if it helps you a little I would be very happy. ๐Ÿ˜Š Hope you like it! ๐Ÿ‘ Best wishes, Valentijn
Nik Sobolev
Intuitive search and search results page. Simple and clear UI. As an advice, I'd suggest to move away from unsupported claims like the biggest or the largest database of anything.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@niksobolev Hi Nick! Thanks for the feedback. And I should maybe indeed reconsider the tagline or find some empirical support for it. Take care!
Kovรกcs Mรกtรฉ
Congrats on launch! This a really needed tool especially now that we have so many different online education platforms, I wish you the bests with this site! Are you planning to open up the site for less popular platforms too?
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@kovacsamate Absolutely. The goal is to widen it out and start to include single-field platforms as well (e.g. codecademy.org). Also, still waiting for YouTube to branch its video into education sections as well (or at least tag them as such). There is so much great, free content on it as well and can't believe they haven't started going in that direction. In the future, the inclusion of course made by individuals or smaller companies should be included as well, though I need to still figure out how to scale this while keeping the integrity of the search results.
Ayush Chandra
Great job !! ๐Ÿ˜Š Will check it out
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@ayush_chandra Thanks Ayush!
keyul
Great product. All courses are at one place. How do you collect courses from each platform? How regularly you update your database?
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@keyul Hi Keyul! Thanks! In a nutshell, different scrapers, rerunning every so often. There is a lot that has to happen from data on their website to mine, but that is probably the main part.
Thomas Vaeth
Everything breaks when I click Sort by.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@thomasvaeth Hi Thomas! Thanks for the comment. The "Sort by" should not be clickable, but a label for the filters on the left (price, relevance, etc) I'm still building. I will change this soon. Thanks again!
Brendan Bolton-Klinger
Congratulations, Valentijn! What a great idea! Can you tell us more about what your algorithm looks for when it fetches courses for a specific term/topic? Is it reviews? Student count? (As a current Udemy instructor I'm curious - ha!)
keyul
@brendan_bolton_klinger What's the best way to connect with you? I have a few questions.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@brendan_bolton_klinger Hi Brendan! Thank you so much! Yes, so the algorithm is a combination of some variables like rating, reviews numbers, and a few more (SUPER SECRET...). I am still optimizing this to make the course results as relevant as possible.
Laura Roeder
This has been needed for soooo long! As a former course creator I'm really excited to see someone tackling this in a serious way.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@lkr Thank you so much Laura! It is so great to hear people are excited about the platform. Take care!
Lauren Holliday
There needs to be an indie course aggregator. The reason I created my own course is because I've been severely disappointed with conglomerates like Udemy and other **uncurated** marketplaces. I actually wrote an in depth review of the biggest marketing courses and I wasn't impressed with what I found: learnunicorn.com/best-marketing-courses
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@laurenholliday_ Very true Lauren. The goal is to incorporate indie-courses as well in the future. Just need to figure out how I do this at scale without compromising the search results.
Natalie Tolliday
This will be incredibly useful for so many people. Given that I believe we are only just scratching the surface of online learning, what you have developed here is a great move Valentijn. Bookmarked & I will follow your journey with interest.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@natalie_tolliday Thank you Natalie! I will keep working hard on it. Glad you are excited about it.
James Welch
sometimes the simple ideas are the best! put all the main online course website's data in one place. great idea and site works really well!
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@jwelch Thank you for your comment James. Indeed, simplicity can bring so much. Though it took me quite some effort to actually make it a reality haha. Have a good one!
Jonathan Baillie Strong
Any plans to add Lynda to the mix?
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@jonbstrong For sure! Over the upcoming year I want to have integrated the biggest platforms and singlie-field educational programs. Linda is in that mix :)
Eric
> Biggest online course database on the web that's exaggeration and misleading to say the least
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@terterihei Hi Eric! Yes, I am going to see if I can find some empirical backup for this. Intuitively it seems like it is, given that its an accumulation of the biggest course platforms on the internet, and thus per definition it is at least greater than each individual database but I should see if I can actually prove this. Thanks for your comment.
Lola Tesla
Iโ€™ve been trying to develop this for years. Happy for you.. mad at myself ha
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@lolatesla Hey Lola! Yeah, I can see how that is somewhat of a bummer... Have had similar experiences as well in the past. Though, I'd love to connect with you and share some thoughts. Curious about the things you have found out or ran into. If you'd like of course. You can reach out to me via email here: valentijnvdh@gmail.com Hope to hear from you!
Victor Geek
It's very nice. I have shared this for my friends.
Valentijn v/den Hout
Maker
@quocvuongdn *woop woop* Thanks!
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