Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014 by Will Hagle
SlideRule helps users find online courses from various institutions and read ratings and reviews before enrolling.
Online education is no longer a novel concept. More and more distinguished universities are offering full courses in a variety of subjects completely for free to any individual who wishes to learn. One of the only problems with the current state of online education is also positive: there are too many options. Because there are so many different online schools and courses, it can be difficult to find one that fits with your schedule, method of learning, and interests. Slidrule acts as a comprehensive search engine for all online education, pushing users in the right direction when searching for a new online course. There’s also a lengthy index of universities currently offering courses online, as well as a list of MOOC and online education providers for those that want to browse through various services on their own.
The homepage of Slidrule has a search bar that allows you to type in a topic or subject that you’d like to learn. Enter HTML, for instance, and Sliderule returns a list of 433 courses from various locations around the web. You can also filter the results by starting date, difficulty level, teaching method and the type of credentials that are given at the end of the course. Each course also has its own dedicated profile page within Sliderule’s system. This allows potential students to read reviews of the course and learn additional information about assignments and course duration before deciding to enroll. Enrollment is always completed through the third-party provider. Although Slidrule doesn’t offer any courses of its own, it provides an extremely valuable tool in the growing world of online education. It’s essentially a class catalogue for the modern age, in which anyone is a student and can learn whatever they want for free.