Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Will Hagle
Highbrow expands your knowledge in just 5 minutes a day, delivering miniature e-mail courses to your inbox.
The hardest part of online education is self-motivation. MOOCs can be difficult for students to complete if they’re not fully invested in the course. Highbrow offers a new, more convenient method of online learning. Rather than spending hours watching video lectures, taking quizzes and working on projects, Highbrow’s online courses are built to be completed in just five minutes a day, for 10 days straight. The courses are sent straight to your e-mail inbox, so you can read them first thing in the morning, on your phone or on the go. It’s not going to teach you advanced skills, but it’s a quick and easy way to familiarize yourself with a new or interesting topic.
Highbrow offers courses in Art, Health, History, Literature, Nature, Philosophy, Productivity, Psychology, Science and Startups. Courses range from “Philosophical Ideas That Everyone Should Know” to “The Basics of Growth Hacking and User Acquisition.” I signed up for a course called “Great Short Stories,” and the experience has been as easy and rewarding as you might expect. Each day, for 9 days straight, Highbrow delivers a new short story to my inbox. That’s it. It’s an easy way to start the morning with a little cultural education, with no pressure to dedicate too much time or energy. It’s far too easy to get distracted by unimportant things online, but Highbrow offers a simple solution for people to continue learning and slowly expanding their knowledge about the things that interest them.