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Course Directories LearningAdvisor

Rating:
3/5,
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    LearningAdvisor is a resource and community for students created by StudentAdvisor.com. Students can search for educational opportunities provided both on campus and online. The site's online courses page has organic, crowdsourced reviews of MOOCs and strives to provide a full-service database of free and paid open online courses that users can browse by subject, publisher, school, or type of accreditation. Along with a course description, MOOCs are rated by previous students using a 5 point scale. LearningAdvisor also has a regularly updated blog that provides news and insights about MOOCs.
  • At a glance
    • Free Courses: Yes
    • Paid Courses: Yes
    • Search Engine: Yes
    • Filtering/Sorting: Yes
    • Social Features: No
    • Course Tracking: Yes (without notifications)
    • Ratings & Reviews: Yes
    • Course Comparison Tool: No
    • Articles/Blog: Yes
    • Newsletter: Yes
    Facts & Figures
    • Nº courses: 19,500+
    • Nº providers: 25
    • Total nº reviews: Not known
    • Nº reviewed courses: 133 out of 19,500 courses (1%)
    • Nº courses with more than 5 reviews: 5 out of 133 reviewed courses (4%)
    • Nº Subject Areas: 41
    Features
    • Course descriptions and details about instructors, start and end dates, and where to take the MOOC
    • Rate MOOCs and view them based on star rating
    • Browse MOOCs by subject, publisher, institution, or rating
    • Search for MOOCs based on keyword
    • Read current news relating to MOOCs and education technology, including tips on taking MOOCs
    • Rating breakdown: Overall, Content, Interaction, Instructor, Provider
    • Users can vote if review was helpful or not their own experience
    • List of Providers with number of courses
    • List of Subject categories with number of courses
    • List of institutions with number of courses
    • States number of reviews per course
    • Personalised course lists
    • Option to subscribe to site newsletter
    Observations
    • 93% of the listed courses are provided by only 4 platforms: Udemy (51%), VideoLectures.Net (22%), lynda (12%) & MIT OpenCourseWare (8%)
    • “Was this review helpful” or "Not my experience" vote – seldom checked
    • No information on reviewer's course status
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Recent Reviews

  1. Carolyn
    3/5,
    "Could do with more course reviews"
    Pros - Large number of listed courses
    Personalised course litsts
    Regularly updated blog
    Cons - Not enough reviewed courses
    Significant focus on 4 providers only
    No social features
    Good search engine with useful filtering options, but falls short on reviews and course provider diversity.

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